My cedar fence--thank you!

Submitted by NayNay on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 12:48

Thank you for the plans for this fence! So many sites tell you what you need to do to plan for a fence, but don't give you any dimensions, materials, etc.

I didn't do it exactly like your instructions, but close enough to give you all the credit!! I am a 45 year old woman, with only a little do-it-yourself experience. I went to the hardware store, and asked "what are these PH screws?" and felt a little stupid. But my friend Tanya and I built this fence this weekend, with a post level, stakes and string, a chop saw, two 18v drills,a sledgehammer, a string level and a sharpie! We are so proud of ourselves.

I still need to trim off the tops of the posts, and do a few little tweaks. Also, we did not dig post holes. We used oz-posts, and pounded them in with a sledgehammer, attached the wooden posts into the oz-posts with heavy-duty construction adhesive and 8 screws, and straightened them with a huge wood clamp. And next weekend, I'll be putting in raised flower beds along the bottom to cover the lower space. :-))

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$76 per panel
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
cedar-toned (pre-finished)
Recommended Skill Level



Wed, 09/04/2013 - 06:40

I am excited to hear about these Oz posts. I put up a small fence and dig holes which took me a week and blistered my hands.
I love your fence!


Wed, 09/04/2013 - 07:36

If you check out the oz-post website (just google "oz-post"), there are video tutorials. We pounded them in with sledgehammers which kicked our butts. The oz-posts are about $16 each from Home Depot, which adds to the cost of your fence. But renting a jackhammer was $130 per day plus $30 per running hour, PLUS gas. Renting a post hole digger and buying cement is also expensive. So, buy yourself a sledgehammer, and use chunks of pressure treated wood to put in the tops and wack away!! We first used just regular wood, which splintered terribly, and then spent a lot of time trying to pry them out. If you do get the wood stuck in the posts, drill in a couple screws through the top, and pull them out with someting attached to the screws. Use chunks of pressured treated 4x4s and try to hit it square in the middle!! Good luck!


Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:46

I know this has nothing to do with woodworking or fence buidling...but that water tower in one of the picture reminds me of one I saw during a drive through Wisconsin.