|Project by Kirk||posted 08-08-2009 03:03 AM||1703 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
My old fence started to break, sag, and just fall apart. It took me about five months to get enough logs. The logs also had the bark removed. A neighbor came over and redrilled the holes, then I plugged the hole with a post. Cut the post to length after they had set for a while.
Cutting the rials between the post took the longest time. I had a fixture that would keep me six inches down from the top, they I had to measure the rails diameter to cut out the notch. Drill a large hole for the washer and head, then a through hole for the 12” lag screws. The drill a hole for the body of the threads in the rail. Then I get to do the same thing on the other end. I used adjustable saw horses and they were a life saver.
After the lower rails were install, I could put the top rails on. Boy they went fast. I just measured the distance between the post, added 12” (six inches overhang on each end) then cut the notch, drill the large hole, a through hole, drill a hole for the threads.
And just think, I didn’t use a rechargeable drill. 220’ of extension cords, and three electric drills.
Overall this took me about four months for two acres.
The sign was from leftovers. I sliced then just larger than half the diameter of the log. Drilling the three through holes for the threaded rod was a bear. I can’t drill a straight hole and the spade bit wasn’t really long enough. But I used an impact gun to drive the threaded rod home. Jam nuts and it is locked in. Flat enough for me. The letters are used from a font on my computer. Plotted each letter on a sheet of paper. 8 1/2” x 11”. Made from MDF. Cut-out on my scroll saw. Chamfered the edges. Drilled holes for ‘Cut Nails/Horse Shoe Nails’. Wife painted them black.
The only help, other than my wife, was my trailer. It is what I use to move the rails.
Would I do it again, at this time, I don’t think so. I don’t like fences anyway.
W. Kirk Crawford
Tularosa, New Mexico
-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico