I’m back with another picket fence design update!
Did you know that Home Depot delivers? I didn’t know that until my daughter Jamie filled me in on this little detail.
The material was put under the carport to keep it dry.
Posts rails pickets for picket fence design
I ordered 4x4’s and 1x4’s in 12 ft lengths, 2x4’s in 8 ft lengths., and a LOT of concrete.
I liked the way the lumber was stacked for delivery. The 4x4’s were on top, with the 2x4’s next and the 1x4’s (pickets) on the bottom. Home Depot really considered the order of the build when they readied the lumber for delivery.
Wood for Picket Fence
I was able to get 3 pickets out of each of the 1x4’s.
dog ear each picket board
After cutting each board into 4 ft lengths, I cut the corners off to give them a dog eared look. I did this to 498 boards!
You may wonder why I did this. It’s because I didn’t want the standard gothic fence. I researched and googled all kinds of options. To get the specific look I wanted, this was my only option.
Cover existing corner posts with wooden boxed post
I also ordered some 8 ft 1x4’s and 1x6’s in order to make a “box” to fit around some of the galvanized fence posts that we weren’t removing. In the area where one of the gates was originally located, it didn’t make sense to try to remove the post and install a new 4x4 post.
Rodney (my neighbor) is very particular about his work, and took the time to router all of the 4x4 posts and these boxes we made. It really does make a difference in the overall look.
Rodney drilled holes in the posts and secured the boxes with screws.
Set picket fence posts in concrete
The 12 ft 4x4’s were cut in half, routed and placed in the post holes with the quickcrete. Bracing the posts is necessary until the concrete sets up.
Picket fence design includes front arbor
Four of the 12 ft 4x4 posts were used for the front gate area to make an arbor of sorts. The yard is taking a beating with all of the construction. I can’t wait till Spring!
Next week, I’ll tell you all about the rails and maybe give you a sneak peek of the pickets and the template Rodney made!
We’re getting closer!
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