Having a log fence around your yard not only adds a wonderfully unique “country” feel to your property, but is also very practical. Depending on the intricacy of the design, they may take a little time to set up and build, but they are long lasting and low maintenance. Below are instructions on how to build a basic wood fence.
Step 1 – Planning
As with any wood working project, you should do plenty of planning before you begin. Start by using string tied to stakes to layout exactly where your fence will sit, placing a stake where each of the fence posts will go.
Step 2 – Cutting
Cut all of your wood before you go any farther. For fence posts, some will need holes straight through for the straight sections of your fence. You’ll also need 2 end posts with holes only in one side, and corner posts with holes that DON’T go all the way through, but instead are set so the rails can come off at two different angles.
When drilling your holes, remember that about 1/3 of your post will be under ground, and that the lower rail should be about 1 foot above ground level. You can use 2 rails or more, depending on how tall your posts will be and what your fence is for.
Step 3 – Digging
Use your post hole digger to dig your holes out. Dig about 6 inches deeper than how deep you want your post. Fill the extra 6 inches with sand or gravel in the bottom of the holes for water drainage; this will reduce water damage over time.
Step 4 – Placing Your Posts
Place your posts in the holes, using string between them to make sure that the holes in the post itself will match up to the next post. Use the level to make minor adjustments as you fill dirt back in around the post.
Step 5 – Insert Rails
Begin inserting the rails into your posts. If a rail doesn’t fit into a post’s hole, try using a planer or a knife to shave it down to size before attempting to widen the hole.
While a wooden fence like this requires little maintenance to last a long time, you can add even more years to your fence by purchasing logs that are treated for outdoor use, or by treating them yourself.
Another option that will increase the stability and strength of your fence is after you have the entire fence constructed, apply a cement/clay compound inside the holes of your posts to hold the rails firmly in place. The only downfall in doing this is that you lose the option of replacing a single rail when one goes bad.
As mentioned above, putting up a log fence can be rather labor intensive, but done properly, you will be rewarded with a low maintenance, long lasting fence.