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Custom Wood Fence Construction

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JimLewis, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    I have a client who wants us to construct a fence like the one below. Simple enough. But there are three things I can't figure out just based on this photo.

    1) What size are those 3 boards going horizontal? Do you think those are 2"x4"s or 1"x4"s?

    2) What do you think it looks like on the opposite side? If those are 1"x4"s then I would guess it looks the same on the other side. But if those are 2"x4"s then there wouldn't be enough room on the other side for any vertical boards. Right?

    3) Does it look like there is a thin cap on top? It looks to me like there is a really thin 1"x4" cap or something like that.

    I'll attach the regular photo as well as an altered one that I blew up a little in Photoshop.....



  2. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    Jim the trim is or would be a 3x.5 or possibly a 4x.5
    The fence style is called shadowbox and they do have caps. The size of the cap equals the width of the thickness of the fence. They are also considered the most neighbor friendly fence style as they are the same on both sides. If you are going to make any of these panels I strongly suggest you take the time needed to construct a jig and spacers using the exact dimensions taken from the completed fence your copying. even the slightest off measurement will be magnified over the legnght of the panel and possibly be visible and make installing a nightmare. also make sure the surface you are building it on is level if you are going to use redwood or cedar use stainless finish nails.
  3. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    Stillwater, I never thanked you. But thanks very much for your help on this! We got the job and will start construction on this fence tomorrow.
  4. firewoosh

    firewoosh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Are we gonna get picks of the finished fence?
  5. GunnPropertyServices

    GunnPropertyServices LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    pretty complicated fence for first time build, take your time that type of fence if called called board on board not shadow box just to clarify

    the thickness of the boards should be 3/4 or full 1 inch for the measurement to come out correct with a standard 4 x 4 post
  6. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    Sure. Here are a few photos. Of course, the photo from the original post in this thread was a stained fence. Obviously, this fence isn't stained yet. And it was pouring down rain so staining wasn't even an option at this point. From the fence boards to the 1"x4"s, I used a nicest grade of wood we could buy locally. I couldn't find wood as clear as the one in the original photo. That must be a kind of wood that's native to another state. But around here, this is about the clearest stuff I could find at my local lumber yard.

    It was more challenging doing this kind of fence on a slope because the bottom board couldn't really go right on the bottom. So it had to go on the "uphill side" of the bottom of the fence. Which left part of the fence boards showing on the "downhill" side of each section. Still nicer than your typical fence, though, I think.

    We're not really fence builders. It's just something we do sometimes if it works out. But I don't push fences or anything. It just comes up sometimes as we're doing larger projects on a property. Some people just want to deal with one company for everything. So that's why we did this fence. We're doing a much larger landscape job here.




  7. 3rd tractor generation

    3rd tractor generation LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Hey Jim, On a local note next time your looking for quality lumber visit Superior Fence and construction on Powell right off of I205. They have a retail yard and will sell to other contractors. They have had the best quality boards in town I have seen. And if they don't have what you need they can get it to you quickly. They also have all the hardware there and can even weld you up a metal framed gate to fit.
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    It is redwood Jim, the whole fence by the looks of it. Won't last very long either with redwood posts.
  9. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    Thanks! Yah, I got that from Parr Lumber. I got the best stuff they had. And I assumed since they're about the largest co. in the area that they'd have pretty good stuff. But I really don't know what to look for since this isn't something we do much of..... I will try that place next time.

    You talking about the fence in the original post? Or the one we built? Because the one we did is cedar.
  10. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    did you leave space between the boards in the panels? So to not act as a giant sail in a wind storm.

    Looks good for not doing it all the time, though from the stock photo you posted on the first has everything flush to the posts. I wouldn't have strung a pine board between the posts, would have used cedar like the panels. But hey could be added interest to it would like to see the finished pictures after you get her all stained up.

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