Fence Posts & Rails

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Project by Edward E Nock II posted 11-08-2014 04:54 PM 1064 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project came to me last July. My client wanted to replicate the fence which surrounded his family home on the capes of Mass. 1st picture is the original posts finial, 5-1/2” dia. x 1-’0”. For all of the gluing process I used “The West System” epoxy. I had never used tis system before, but it is a straight forward system. Easy to use. 2nd picture shows the turned finial, glued up w/ 3- 2×6 & 2- 1×6. 3rd picture shows the finials being glued to the turned posts, which are 4-1/2” dia. x 5’-6” tall, glued up w/ 3- 2×6. the posts had a 2 1/2” dia. mortise to receive the tenon on the finial. 4th picture shows the finished post, there were 6 total. 5th picture shows the 6’-5” rail w/ the tenon being turned on each end. 6th picture shows the 15 finished rails.


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#1 posted 11-08-2014 05:54 PM

Nice, Ed!!

I didn’t realize your lathe bed was that long!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-08-2014 05:54 PM

Impressive. Not a small undertaking. That is one long lathe set up. Can’t imagine how you can turn that straight over such a distance. Uh, not quite the same as pen turning!

Thanks for posting.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 11-08-2014 06:07 PM

Lew…some years ago I added approx three ft. to it, so I could finish a 4 poster bed kit for a friend. Basically it’s built up w/ 3 layers of 3/4” Baltic plwd. w/ a 1/2” x 1-1/2” steel plates on top.



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#4 posted 11-08-2014 09:04 PM

Looking good ED.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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