edgejointed fence with pocket screw construction

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Project by exelectrician posted 10-04-2011 05:57 AM 5643 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first wood project I did was to renew the rails on my deck. I put screws down from the top – Ice got into the tiny cracks from the screws and expanded the cracks, freeze by freeze two years later my project was worthless, the ice had destroyed the rails.
Lesson learned.
On this project I put pocket holes underneath the rail, put the screws from underneath where ice cannot collect – Four years later not ONE crack on the top rails! All the fence boards were edge jointed with a floor board joint – no see through fence, happy wife happy life.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#1 posted 10-04-2011 06:00 AM

Wow this was alot of work, Looks amazing.

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#2 posted 10-04-2011 06:24 AM

Nice looking fence and nice design to eliminate ice destroying your work. How many hours did you have in drilling all the pocket holes? I bet it was labor intensive to build that fence. Great work

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#3 posted 10-04-2011 10:23 AM

Well done looks great. I realy like pocket hole joints simple yet solid!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 10-04-2011 03:35 PM

Oh good god. The thought of making all those pockets makes my head spin!
Beautiful fence though. how many pocket screws do you think you went through?

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#5 posted 10-04-2011 04:49 PM

Wow. You have some patience to do all those pocket holes. I can’t stand to do a lot of pocket holes. Great looking fence though

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#6 posted 10-05-2011 07:06 AM

Very nice looking fence. I really like the No See Um part.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#7 posted 10-05-2011 06:43 PM

Looks Great !!!!! Just curious , what kind of pocket joint system did you use and how long were the screws ? GREAT JOB

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#8 posted 10-06-2011 07:04 PM

Wow ! – I am doing my first “blog thing” So many gracious compliments! Thank you all.
Okay pocket holes …. what I do – and I know this is wrong, according to the the instruction manual, I put leather gloves on put the Kreg single hole guide ($20 at Lows) right where I want to go press down HARD and drill away with the other hand. No clamps involved, one hole after the other, it goes real quick.
The hardest part was routing the fairly wet cedar edges, I did this job with very damp and swollen cedar so any dimensional change would be smaller, which has worked out great over the years. I used GripRite star drive exterior green No8 screws which were very helpful, they stay on the tip as you go to the job. each panel has about 34 pocket holes and a total of 92 screws. Working alone I assembled one and a quarter panels per day.

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#9 posted 06-26-2012 07:54 PM

Genius. Thanks for solving my own fence problem!!! No freezes to speak of here in CA but as water collects at the bottom of the poorly designed fence I have now, rot sets it quicker than it needs to.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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