How to Build a Wooden Close Board Fence

Paul from checkedtrades shows us how to build a close board fence by nailing vertical feather boards that are overlapped to two separate arris rails that are horizontal and triangular. If you aren’t too confident with your DIY skills and are in the Peterborough area, head over to checkedtrades to find safe fence installers in Peterborough.

  1. Putting Up The Fence Posts

    Using the method explained in “Erecting a Panel Fence”, erect the firs fence post making sure that it is straight. With hard core, make sure the first post is firmly held in position and put up the next post loosely.3

    2. Fitting Arris Rails

    The first thing you will need to do is to cut the arris rails to ensure that they are parallel to each other when placed between the pairs of posts. Next you need to shape the rails in order to ensure they fit the mortises that are cut into the sides of your posts. Once this is done, use a preservative to treat the cut ends. Make sure the rails are not only horizontal but also levelled. One of them ought to be 30cm lower in comparison to the others and the other one 30 cm above the ground.

    Next, you need to insert your first pair of the arris rails into the mortises in the posts making sure you are pulling the second post into perfect position. Another way to do this is to nail arris brackets on both the posts and the arris rails and attaching the rails. Make sure everything is well positioned. If everything is okay, proceed to using the hard core to secure the base. Repeat this with the other posts and make sure to cement the base to get permanent foundations.

    3. Fitting Gravel Boards

    Gravel boards should be laid at the bottom of the fence in order to provide support to the base. To do this, you will need to screw in a short support batten that is not supposed to be more than 15 cm in height or cm in width. Do this at each side of the post. Recessing them will help ensure they are about 2cm back away from the front posts. Next, nail the gravel boards onto the battens making sure they are levelled.

    4. Attaching of Feather boards

    The first thing you will need to do is to cut the boards to length. Start with your first post and position the thick part of the board against it. Secure it by nailing it in position. One this is done, layer the thicker end of the next board to the thin end of the previous board. The overlap should be about 1.2cm. Secure this by hammering nails through the boards into the rails.

    Next, cut a piece of scraper from a scrap wood. This will help you make sure all boards are uniform. Add more feather boards as required and use a spirit level to ensure they are all well levelled.

    5. Securing Coping Strip

    A coping strip needs to be fitted onto the feather board in order to extend the durability of the fence. They should be fitted at the top part of the feather board. Finish off by nailing post cops on the top parts of the posts.

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