Project Guide

How to Build Fence Sections

1
LAY OUT AND CUT PICKETS
Lay out cut pickets - Building Your Own Fence
  • Pickets come in a variety of shapes, so you can create your own by tracing them onto the boards and making cuts with a jigsaw. 
  • Cut inside with a drill bit. 
  • To speed up the job, clamp a couple boards together and cut them at the same time
2
MAKE A SPACER
Make a spacer - Building Your Own Fence
  • Make a spacer that is as wide as the space between the pickets. Screw a 2 x 2 block to the top of the spacer so that when you hang it from the rail, the top of the spacer is level with the top of the pickets. 
  • Screw a small torpedo level to the spacer to check whether pickets are plumb.
3
ATTACH THE FIRST PICKET
Attach the first picket - Building Your Own Fence
  • Butt the spacer against the post and butt a picket against the spacer. 
  • Use a level to make sure the picket is plumb, then screw the picket to the rails with a #8 2-inch deck screw.
4
ATTACH REMAINING PICKETS
Attach remaining pickets - Building Your Own Fence
  • Butt the spacer against the first picket and position the next picket against it and screw it to the rail. 
  • Continue installing pickets the same way, checking for plumb as you go and making any necessary adjustments.