Fence - 1st Attempt

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Project by hjt posted 05-30-2010 12:44 AM 2224 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I completed this project last year (2009). I’m sure many of you might look at this and say “that’s a nice weekend project.” I just can’t seem to find it in me at this time to allow a project to start and end in just a few days! No, I’d rather think of projects to be like fine wine or other delights that one might wish to savor. As I told a friend, this weekend project only took six weeks!! Granted a day here – two days there; but six weeks from start to finish.

When all was done not only were the panels straight but…. the door was balanced! I was just a tad proud of that.

I do have a queston:

When I first erected the fence the doors were nice, straight, even. Now a year later they are warped. Why does pressure treated wood warp so badly – so quickly?

Later this year I will build the arbor.

-- Harold

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#1 posted 05-30-2010 01:01 AM

Good looking job! The reason fencing boards warp so bad and fast is that they are still green and wet and as it dries it will shrink and warp according to the grains and knots in the wood. If you don’t want warping go to the PVC (plastic) fencing.

Erwin Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 05-30-2010 01:03 AM

You guys did good very good cool fence

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 05-30-2010 03:06 AM

Nice looking fence. Regarding the warpage, you can get kiln-dried pressure treated lumber at many lumberyards, it should stay a bit straighter. On the last deck I built, it had a small arbor and I stickered the pieces for the arbor for only about a month, flipping it once or twice during that time. A few years later and the arbor is noticably straighter than the rest of the deck, built from the same lumber, same shipment.

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#4 posted 05-30-2010 02:40 PM

You did a really good job on the fence. It is always disappointing when you put so much hard work into a project making sure it fits correctly only to see it move, shrink, etc. later on. I battle this all the time. I try to get my clients to go with cedar but the cost is much more.

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#5 posted 06-10-2010 05:25 PM

“Here is a blog that tells you where to find answers to your questions about pressure treated wood!

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