Arbor and Fence

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Project by Ken Stenzel posted 03-03-2008 02:53 PM 2340 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project began with our desire to enclose our side yard for a bit of privacy from the street. We also wanted to include an inviting entry into our landscaped back yard. I designed a simple arbor using pressure treated 4×4’s, and a cut 2×12x8 for the header. I used 2×2’s dadoed to form the trellises. 2×2’s were also used for the bonnet of the arbor. I ran each edge of every 2×2 through my router using an ogee bit to add a little detail. It all was a simple construction but sturdy enough for the grandchildren to use it as a jungle gym.
The face of each fence picket was run through my jointer to create a gentle curve. To give it more interest and curb appeal I cut the pickets to dip in the center of each section.
We covered the whole project with a good quality beige exterior paint.
This is the back side of the fence showing how the rails were constructed. For an eight foot section use a construction 2×12 and cut a 3 1/2 in. high curve as radically as the 2×12 allows. Cut the pickets to follow the curve of the rail.
Back side of fence

-- kstenzel

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#1 posted 03-03-2008 03:53 PM

The word “inviting” perfectly describes it. Wonderful place you have there.

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#2 posted 03-03-2008 04:06 PM

Very nice Ken. The things that you have added to your yard makes it a showplace in the neighborhood.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#3 posted 03-03-2008 04:34 PM

Great looking fence. I really like that curved top rail.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-03-2008 04:42 PM

Wow, extremely nice. Looks very sereign.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 03-03-2008 04:49 PM

That’s a great addition to your backyard! Your place looks neat as a pin. Nice work!

-- Robb

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#6 posted 03-03-2008 08:54 PM

Great job, and I love your house!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 03-04-2008 12:21 AM

This is a very nice project that adds a lot of curb appeal to your home. If it can survive the grandchildren then it is a testimony to your craftmanship. If there were any weaknesses in the construction they would have found them without any trouble.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 03-04-2008 12:58 AM

Nice addition to a beautiful house and yard. Looks very inviting.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 03-04-2008 03:15 AM

Great Posting! Nice progression with the added pictures which adds great detail from one step to the next! The second to last picture is like a magical entrance into a special park. Very beautiful. I agree with GaryK about the curved top rail on the fencing. It really captures the imagination. How’d you do that…...

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#10 posted 03-04-2008 03:52 AM

Great addition to an already nice looking yard!

-- --Chuck

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#11 posted 03-04-2008 03:02 PM

For Woodup….
The slope of the fence top was governed by the top rail. I cut the top rail out of a planed 2×12. I started with the longest section (8 feet) and cut the 2×12 that ended up with the same dimension as a 2×4. Then I simply cut the pickets to match the curvature of the rail. I also used braces that were screwed in so that if I had to access the back yard I could dismantle a section of fence. This gave us the privacy we were looking for. We could sit behind the fence in lawn chairs and not be seen from the street. That way we could do silly stuff and no one would see.

-- kstenzel

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#12 posted 03-05-2008 01:53 AM


Great looking Fence and Arbor… Heck, That’s a great looking house youv’e got there as well.

So… who won the water fight???

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 03-05-2008 04:00 AM


Your pics really display the arbor & fence well and capture the magic of your house and garden. It’s a delicate balance you achieved in gaining privacy in your lawn area while presenting a welcoming image from the front/street. I know from the “silly stuff” picture, that your shots were taken in a much warmer season. Thanks for sharing what you do so well with the rest of us!

-- Pat, Hoover,AL Fresh cut wood smells almost as good as fresh baked bread!

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#14 posted 03-07-2008 03:03 AM

The project is amazing, the picture looking in to the garden is very inviting.

-- Andy Stark

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#15 posted 05-14-2008 11:56 PM

OMG… where do you live and when are you selling your house!?? You home is AMAZING…

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