|Project by LJ||posted 04-10-2010 02:48 PM||3190 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
We have a long set of front steps that have had a lattice railing/fence on each side that was about 15 years old and started looking tired. I decided to take down the lattice but retain the PT posts and put up cedar pickets on dedar rails. I love the look of a little fleur-de-lis top on the pickets rather than a dog-ear or a simple pointed top.
Sure it’s a lot more work using a router to cut the tops of 140 pickets, but I think the look is worthwhile the effort.
So there’s the new look and the old and the look without any railing or garden on the sides of the steps at all.
Also, I show a pic of the picket spacing jig I’ve long used, although I decided to craft a new one here also for this project. It is a full 2” wide and has shims of varius thicknesses, 1/16, 1/8, 3/16 up to 3/8. How I use it is to determin how many pickets best fit into the run of fencing that leaves between 2” and about 2-1/2” spcing in between. I subtract out that number times 2.875”, the width of each picket. What remains is for the spaces between the pickets. I add 1 to the number I used for the number of pickets and divide that into the remainder. That tells me how wide each space should be and I shim accordingly. Works like a champ.
It doesn’t matter that each run may be slightly different in size. Uniformityt within each run is what matters. The eye can’t tell 1/4” difference between one section of fencing fromt he next.
The key was uniformity along the top, hug the ground along the bottom and even spacing between the pickets.
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