Project Guide

How to Make a Basket Weave Fence

1
BUILD THE STRUCTURE
Build structure - Making Basket Weave Fence

Install posts and rails. Cut two 1 × 2 supports that fit between the rails and fasten them to the back edge of the rails with 8 2½-inch deck screws. Cut two 2 × 2 spacers to weave between the fence boards and mark their locations on the bottom rail.

2
CUT FENCE BOARDS TO FIT
Cut fence boards fit - Making Basket Weave Fence

Cut three fence boards about 2 inches longer than the distance between two posts. Tack one end of each board to one of the supports and weave the spacers between them. Draw a line on the board showing where the free end meets the other support. Cut the boards at the line, and then fasten one end of each to the supports.

3
WEAVE THE SPACERS
Weave spacers - Making Basket Weave Fence

If the first three boards fit properly, cut the remaining boards to length. Screw one end of each to a support and weave the 2 × 2 spacers into place. Use a level to plumb the spacers.

4
FASTEN LOOSE ENDS OF BOARDS
Fasten loose ends boards - Making Basket Weave Fence

Working up from the bottom, fasten the loose ends of the fence boards. Level each board as you screw it in place.

5
INSTALL A SECOND SET OF SUPPORTS
Install second set supports - Making Basket Weave Fence

Cut a second set of 1 × 2 supports and screw them to the posts on the side opposite the first set of supports.

6
WORK YOUR WAY DOWN THE FENCE
Work way down fence - Making Basket Weave Fence

Install supports, fence boards and spacers one section at a time. Once all the pieces are in place, nail a cap rail across the top of the fence with 10d 3-inch nails.