How to Build a Cedar Split-Rail Fence How to Build a Cedar Split-Rail Fence

What You'll Need
Cedar rails and posts (include end posts, line posts and corner posts)
Limestone (1 bag per post)
Shovel
Saw
Small level
Measuring tape
Post hole digger
Wood pegs

A cedar split rail fence can provide a rustic looking property barrier that looks attractive on country properties and larger city properties. It's the ideal fence for the do-it-yourselfer since it doesn't require many tools to build and is inexpensive compared to other types of fence. Follow these steps to build an attractive cedar split rail fence.

Determine where you would like the fence to begin and dig the first hole. The hole should be about 8 inches in diameter and 2 feet deep.

  • Step 2

    Put a split rail fence post in the hole and use a level to stand it up straight. Make sure the holes in the post are facing down your property line in the direction you're installing the fence. Kick some dirt in the hole to hold the post in place.

  • Step 1 - Plan Post Position

    Use a measuring tape and determine where you'll be digging the posts. Posts are typically positioned eight to ten feet apart depending on the length of rails you've chosen. Place pegs in each spot where you want a post to give you an idea where to dig.

    Step 2- Install Posts

    Dig the first post hole using a pole digger. Pole holes can be dug with a shovel, but the process is easier with a specialized digger. The hole needs to be approximately eight inches wide, depending on the width of your posts, and two to four feet deep. The deeper the posts the sturdier the fence with be, especially if it's a taller fence. If you're simply building a rustic cedar split-rail fence to add some visual appeal to a garden, then two feet post holes are fine.

    Place the post in the hole. Position the small level on top of the post to make sure it's level. Check to make sure the post is level by placing the level on two sides of the post. Get a helper to hold the post in its upright, level position as you fill the rest of the hole with limestone to keep it in place. Pack the dirt around the hole.

    Make sure post holes are facing towards your property. This is where the rails will go.

    Step 3- Add the Rails

    Slide the wood rails into the post beginning at the bottom and working your way to the top.

    Step 4 - Repeat

    Repeat Step 2 and 3 until you've finished the fence. Use corner posts to create angles and use end posts when you've reached the end of a side.

     

  • Step 2

    Put a split rail fence post in the hole and use a level to stand it up straight. Make sure the holes in the post are facing down your property line in the direction you're installing the fence. Kick some dirt in the hole to hold the post in place.

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