Curved fence

Old 05-25-05, 10:26 AM
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Curved fence

We're building a decorative fence at the end of our walkway (which leads straight from our front door) where it meets the road. The idea is that there will be a fence on either side of the sidewalk. The back two posts (one on either side), closest to the house, are set to the left and right, about 6 inches from the sidewalk, and are square with the sidewalk. The front two posts are set at about a 30 degree angle from the sidewalk and the back two posts, and are approximately 18 inches from the sidewalk, left and right. The idea is to have the fence opening get wider as you walk torward the road. So the cross-rail needs to bend to meet the 30 degree post. We plan on then putting cedar pickets on the crossrails, and cutting a scallop into them.

I've experimented with pressure treated 1/2 inch plywood to use as crossrails. They seem to be flexible enough to bend and will hopefully hold up. Has anybody ever done a curved fence in this fashion? Any better suggestions for those crossrails? This fence serves no other purpose than to be ornamental, and keep some tall grasses from spilling over onto the sidewalk.

Old 05-25-05, 11:44 PM
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Your options aren't that limited. Wood can be steam bent or kerfed & bent. Any number of laminators can custom make a structural product superior to your idea. And the list goes on. Way too many to list.

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