Deer Proof Cedar Fence with Goat Panel Bottom

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Project by BloomingSmith posted 06-25-2012 01:51 PM 20091 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A local furniture maker in my home town was putting up this style of fence a few years ago. I’ve seen a half dozen or so thorughout town and always loved the look of this fence. It provides a beautiful barrier and helps to keep deer out of the yard while not obstructing the view of the surrounding woods.

Fortunately, I was able to track down the fence builder and he told me he was no longer building these fences and wanted to remain focused on building furniture instead. He was kind enough to share w/ me the basic materials list and then consulted with me throughout the project.

I am a complete novice and never build anything like this in the past so was a bit nervous to take on a project of this size with no practical experience. Fortunately, with the help of the funiture builder and a ton of close friends and my father, we were able to construct this and I am VERY pleased with the outcome. It’s a unique and beautiful design. Everyone who has seen it loves the look of this fence. It’s very warm and inviting without being a barrier to the nature and neighbors that surround us. We absolutely love this fence!

-- Jeff, Bloomington, IN

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#1 posted 06-25-2012 02:44 PM

I think you did a great job. You have very good helpers. Goats and deer, we have a very different problem here in the desert….rabbits!

-- -Willing to try

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#2 posted 06-25-2012 03:44 PM

Not blocking Mother Nature’s scenery is always a good thing and good fences make good neighbors.

Great looking fence and nice job on the construction. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 06-25-2012 04:52 PM

Great fence design but I dont think you blocked the deer out. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#4 posted 06-25-2012 06:18 PM

Excellent work

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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#5 posted 06-25-2012 11:52 PM

My wife just loves the design, she would put hanging baskets with flowers all along the fence.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 06-26-2012 01:10 AM

That make s a very nice fence. Is the theory that deer won’t jump through those “windows”?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 06-26-2012 01:22 AM

Welcome to LJ. I like that fence too, but I doubt it will keep deer out or goats in ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 06-26-2012 01:53 AM

it sure is a beautiful fence, you did a great job, i will be interested about your theory of deer and goats, lets us know how that works out on this post, not anything against your fence building skills, but i have real doubts as to keeping deer out…if you have mineral blocks in there for the goats, i bet them deer will get in…but let us know, good job..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 06-26-2012 03:18 AM

I appreciate everyone’s comments as well as your questions of whether this fence will keep the deer out. All I can say is, so far so good. It’s been up for about a week now and I’ve seen a number of our venison-laden friends milling around the outside of the fence but so far none seem brave enough to want to be the first to try and leap over it. The person down the road from me who first built the fence also claims they never see deer in their gardens any longer. Time will be the judge but I believe that window is just too small for a deer to try and risk jumping into the yard w/o first getting a pretty hard know on the head from the 2×6’s hanging 30” above the top rail.

Also, for the record, we don’t have any goats. I simply elected to use 4’x16’ goat panelling as the bottom barricade. It has a smaller opening (4×4” square) than the standard cattle panel (6’x8’ rectangles).

-- Jeff, Bloomington, IN

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#10 posted 06-26-2012 03:47 AM

I also need to confess that I did not build the beautiful gate in the picture. That was done by Kirby Malik (unsure of the spelling). He is a local furniture maker who used to build these fences in Bloomington but no longer does this. He was kind enough to share the fence plans, a materials list, and provide countless number of consulting services throughout the project, which took about 12 days to complete (one solid week and then 3 weekends afterwards). A big debt of gratitude toward a true craftsman.

-- Jeff, Bloomington, IN

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#11 posted 06-26-2012 10:28 AM

Love it Jeff and WOW that was a lot of work !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#12 posted 04-07-2017 09:35 PM

I was wondering if you could provide a rough estimate of time to build each panel. My boyfriend has built kitchen cabinets and has much more experience than me but I am hoping the two of us together might be able to produce about 15-20 of these panels for my fence project. Thanks!

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#13 posted 10-16-2021 02:22 PM

This is amazing! Beautiful! I am in the process of researching how to build this for my front fence minus the top part. Any chance you could advise what supplies are needed and the process in building the fence? Happy to pay for your consulting services. Stay at home mom with deployed husband. Hoping to surprise him when he gets home. Also a novice.

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