together on this fence.
Preassemble as many components as you can in your basement, garage, or workshop. Then move outside, set the posts, and fasten everything together.
What You Need:
- Scrap of 1/4-inch plywood (for quail template)
- Water-resistant adhesive
- Zinc-plated screws
- Galvanized nails
- Jigsaw or scroll saw
- Circular, table, or radial-arm saw
- 60- and 100-grit sandpaper
- Framing square
- Posthole digger
- Premixed concrete (optional)
- Stain or clear finish (see the page "Choosing a Finish" for advice)
- Clean rags or paintbrush
For each fence section 6 feet 7-1/2 inches long, including posts (the capital letters correspond to the Diagram page):
flock of quails.
- Two 6x6x56-inch cedar, redwood, or pressure-treated posts (A), rated for ground contact (Add the depth of the frost line in your region to the length if you'll be setting the posts in concrete.)
- One 15-inch length of 2x8 rot-resistant lumber (for post caps, B)
- 2 decorative finials (C)
- One 8-foot length of 2x4 rot-resistant lumber (for end boards, D)
- Two 8-foot lengths of 2x3-inch rot-resistant lumber (for rails, E)
- Three 8-foot lengths of 1x4 rot-resistant lumber (for spacers, F)
- Four 10-foot lengths of 1x8 rot-resistant lumber (for pickets, G)