Build a Bird-Pattern Fence

Here's a fence design for bird lovers.
Start Building
Bird Detail: Decorative Fence Feathered friends will flock
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
  • Router
  • Drill
  • 60- and 100-grit sandpaper
  • Framing square
  • Level
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Posthole digger
  • Premixed concrete (optional)
  • Stain or clear finish (see the page "Choosing a Finish" for advice)
  • Clean rags or paintbrush

Additional Materials

For each fence section 6 feet 7-1/2 inches long, including posts (the capital letters correspond to the Diagram page):

Imagine having your very own
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)

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