|Project by JBrow||posted 03-09-2016 07:39 PM||899 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I had a bunch of red oak and an ugly backyard chain link fence that the Black Lab/Shepard mix dog could climb, so I built a picket fence. The major challenge of this project was its shear scope. There were a lot of parts that quickly overwhelmed my workshop.
The pickets are joined to the top and bottom rails with half lap joints. The cap rail has a glued-up dado that slips over the top picket rail and is secured with painted stainless steel screws. The posts are hollow boxes that slipped on and were secured to concrete filed painted electrical conduit. Glued-up dados on the posts accept the picket panels, secured with SS screws. The post caps are pyramids that fasten to the hollow posts. All horizontal surfaces are either beveled or rounded over to shed water. The posts are about 3” – 4” off the ground. Pressure treated lumber attached to the electrical conduit forming a channel under the fence which is filled with stone.
The gate hinge is also made from red oak. The oak laces together like a piano hinge and the fence and gate assemblies are held together with a ½” steel rod. The gate latch is also red oak.
Sikkens SRD was used to protect the wood, but because it failed to give even a full seasons protection, I switched to Sikkens Cetol 1 RE. It required sanding the entire fence (a nightmare), but it seems to be holding up better. There is very little checking, no rot, and the Titebond III water resistant glue continues doing its job. The only structural problem is a sagging gate, probably due to constant weight of the gate and the natural sponginess of the wood hinge. I am considering adding marine hardware consisting of a cable and turn buckle to help support the weight of the gate, but have not yet decided.
The fence has been installed for at least 6 years and after adding a wood lock to the gate latch (the Lab learned how to open the original gate latch); the fence still looks good and the Lab stays in the yard – unless the gate is left open.