Fence with Lattice

Gain privacy with curb appeal.

This fence, designed with slats spaced slightlyapart, permits glimpses of the garden from the street. Lattice panels incorporated intothe fence admit more air and views and support vines. To soften the fence, you can addespalier plantings and hanging baskets.

To build this fence, you need good measuring skills and experience using a circular saw.It takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour to cut boards and install one 8-foot slatted fencesection between set posts.

What You Need:

  • Hammer
  • Circular or table saw
  • Steel measuring tape
  • Level
  • Plumb bob
  • Galvanized nails
  • One bag of concrete mix per post
  • Construction glue
  • Pressure-treated 4x8 lattice sheets, 2x4s, 1x2s, and 4x4 support posts
  • 1x8 rough cedar for slats


1. Get ready. Obtain permits and study building codes. Have utilitiesmark locations of underground lines.

2. Sink posts. Place in concrete below the frost line and make sure they're set plumb. Let concrete set overnight before proceeding.

3. Add stringers. Build rough cedar fence sections by nailing top and bottom 2x4 stringers between posts, wide side down and parallel to the ground. Nail two 2x4s beneath the bottom 2x4 stringer. Toenail 2x4s into 4x4s using galvanized nails. Nail 1x2s to one side of the fence, below upper stringer and above lower stringer.Cut each rough cedar 1x8 to fit between stringers. Set 1x8s flush against 1x2s; toenailinto 2x4 stringers. Toenail 1x2s on other side of fence to hide bottoms and tops of 1x8s.

4. Build lattice sections. To build lattice sections, set 4x4 posts inconcrete 2 feet apart. Between set posts, nail 2x4s in place following the directions forthe slatted fence sections.

5. Assemble and finish. Nail together one 1x2 frame and secure tofence framework. Cut lattice panel section to size and secure to the 1x2 frame. Assemble second 1x2 frame and glue and nail it to the back of lattice panel. For a natural finish, brush on a coat of wood sealant.


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