Post & Rail + Gate

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Project by DaveGlx posted 11-05-2011 02:04 PM 1888 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have decided to build a post & rail style fence around the property gate and replace the gate.
The post & rail fence was originally erected by people that wanted to keep cattle in. They used the available material, timber, and did not pay a lot of attention to the esthetic side of the fence. The end result was bulky fence.
Nowadays, people build post & rail fences as a feature. Apparently, with the time, people developed all sort of rules and standards for post & rail fencing. For example, most fences were built from railway sleeper off cuts (8” long, ~8’ wide) for the rail and they all had the bark; round side. For the posts there were two concepts; all posts are round or just corner posts are round and the rest are made of the same off cuts with all the round sides facing the same direction.

I don’t have the railway sleeper off cuts so I used logs/ In order to try being efficient on log consumption I cut a few logs to two rails and two posts (see diagram) and a few slabs to complete the required amount of rails.
The gate is made of a few branches and metal wire

-- Dave -

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#1 posted 11-05-2011 03:30 PM

Very nice, and a wonderful piece of land you’ve got there.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-05-2011 04:13 PM

aww, cue little wallaby, did someone say lunch?

-- Brand new to the hobby, lack of funds makes hand tooling a obligation rather than a choice.

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#3 posted 11-05-2011 07:05 PM

Great! I’deas pretty country side the fence falls Into place. wonder what the roo Is thinking!

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#4 posted 11-05-2011 07:26 PM

You got some peacefull and beautifull Land there.

I Like the gate.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 11-05-2011 10:46 PM

Land love project.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#6 posted 11-06-2011 02:08 AM

Nice fence, beautiful land. :)

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#7 posted 11-07-2011 06:47 AM

Your place looks inviting and I bet you hear that a lot.
Nice job on the gate and fence .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 11-20-2011 04:13 AM

Looks light enough to be referred to as a ‘woman’s gate’, ie, she can open it while you drive through! Nice style! RH

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#9 posted 01-19-2017 03:45 PM

Hey DaveGlx... Has Skippy come out of retirement or is that Sonny with a hand puppet?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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