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Hi Jeremy,

Just thought I would send you some photos of the finished curved floor/wall that you supplied the timber for.


Looks great and everyone commentson it.

Thanks for your help with the timber selection.

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How To Build A Traditional Post And Rail Fence

27 Jun. 2013

Building your own fence can be a rewarding project, and with the right tools, proper planning and a little know how, anyone can have a go! A simple post and rail fence can improve the look of your outside space, and can be erected and maintained relatively cheaply. This traditional style of fencing makes an easy project for a beginner. It's economical to build, looks attractive and will provide a robust boundary for your property, so why not follow our step by step guide and give it a go?

Purchasing your Materials

The type and amount of timber you buy depends on both your budget, and the look you want to achieve. There are two types of timber to consider: machined or rustic. Machined timber is cut uniformly (with, as the name suggests, machinery!) But rustic timber can be uneven, providing a more natural effect overall. You'll also need to decide on how many rails you want your fence to have (between 3 and 5 are usual) and how long and high it's going to be. As specialist timber merchants, this is where our sales team can help. All of our staff are trained to answer questions about the range of materials we stock, and can offer helpful advice to get you started on your project.

As well as materials, you'll also need to ensure that you have the right tools for the job. You'll need:

  • A saw            
  • A cordless drill        
  • Nails
  • A hammer        
  • A plumbline        
  • A spirit level
  • A post hole digger (optional)

Planning your Project

Before making any structural changes to your property, it's essential to inform your neighbours of your plans. It's no good spending time and money on a project only to have to take it down again. In order to avoid any potential disputes, make sure that any fencing you intend to erect doesn't encroach onto a neighbour's property, or block their views in any way. Next, clear the area you intend to fence by removing any weeds or overgrown grass. It's also important to protect your timber with an all purpose wood preservative to extend the life of the fence.

Building your Fence

1. Mark out a line where your fence will be placed. Now set your "end posts" (located at either end, or on any corners along the fence.) Make sure you dig your post holes deep enough to support the structure! 600mm is the average depth for a post hole, but be sure to take into account the type of soil and the height of the fence you're building. Use a spirit level to check the post is vertical, and don't forget to check for pipes or cables before hammering anything into the ground! Now fill around the post with soil or cement making sure that it's securely packed in.

2. Now lay out the remaining posts. 2m to 2.5m centre to centre is a good guide, but this will depend on the length of your timber rails, and the overall length of the fence, (again ask advice when purchasing materials.) A good tip is to use a plumbline between the posts to make sure they're all the same height as you go along.

3. Once all your posts are securely in place, nail the rail boards across each post at the top, centre, and about 300mm from the bottom.

4. Now for the finishing touches! If you've already waterproofed your fence and plan on painting it, buy an oil based sealer or an exterior enamel for the finish. You may want to consider planting a border of flowers along the base of the fencing to improve the look of the boundary.

For hints and advice on all your projects and materials from timber frames to decking, click around our site, or ask any of our experts who are always on hand and happy to help.

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