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Building a Board on Board Cedar Fence – Part 2


okay so at the end of part 1 of redoing
the fence I extended the poles demo the old fence and also laid down the
stringers so now I get started with actually laying down the pickets for the
fort on board fence let’s go actually the first thing I started with was
laying down a top cap this isn’t absolutely required I just think it
looks nice I’m using a pre stained cedar 2 by 6 for my top cap and I used my
multi scan and superjaws so hold it in place while use the circular saw to cut
a 45 on the end the 45-degree here is not necessary it’s just again something
I thought would look nice now this was one advantage of going with a local
supplier for material versus the big-box store is I was able to get these two by
sixes and 16-foot joints now the top cap does not sit Center on the 2×4 but
instead I left a two and a half inch overhang on the front because later I’m
going to be placing two pickets and trim on the front edge and I still wanted a
slight overhang once the board was set in place I came back with nails and
secured it to that 2×4 actually I started off using nails but then later I
ended up switching to screws to secure the top cap and to make this step easier
I ended up cutting a block that was two and a half inches to use as a spacer so
I could just set it in place and move the material where it needed to go and
whenever I got in between poles I would actually have Cody moved that 2×4 just
far easier than trying to constantly move around the top two by six and the
reason I am putting on the top cap first thing so that I could very quickly lay
all the pickets by just butting up the top of the picket to the underside of
that top cap and that’s exactly what I did next I started laying down my
pickets now I am going with a board on board fence so the first thing I did was
make a spacer that was three inches wide my pickets are five and a half inches
wide so this roughly leaves just over an edge on either side so that as the board
shrink it won’t create a gap where you can see in the yard that’s exactly why
we’re going with board on board is to create that additional level of privacy
I would first lay down the back row of pickets by butting my spacer against the
previous picket then placing my new picket that I’ll be laying down against
a spacer using two nails per stringer to attach
it and then just about every fifth or sixth picot I would hold up a level and
just make sure that I wasn’t getting out of plumb and if I was then I would scoot
over this picket slightly until I was back in plumb and secure it with two
nails now it is the heat of summer in Texas so I definitely utilized his
canopy we would make it straddle the fence and move it over to the area where
I was working believe me it was still hot but at least that Sun wasn’t beating
down on me the whole time so after getting quite a few of the back
pickets laid I would double back and start laying down the front pickets
repeating the exact same process using the spacer to put up against the
previous picket and then laying down my new picket up against the spacer now
just something that I did is I wanted my spacer to be the full length from the
top to the bottom of the fence so I grabbed a picket and ripped it down at
my table saw and then to make handling it easier well I attached a handle to it
it would take me pretty much a full day to pick it one side so just in picketing
alone it was three days worth of work now I’m using stainless steel ring shank
nails and the stainless steel nails are a lot more expensive than the regular
nails however the coating will prevent them
from leaving those black streaks down the pickets over time and the ring shank
will keep them from backing out so since we’re already spending a lot of money on
the fence we went ahead and spent the extra bug to get the stainless steel
ones and of course after I got done with one side I would just wrap around and
continue on with the next so if you’re mindful about where you place your nails
if you go within an inch of the outside of the picket whenever you come back
with your over laid board you’ll actually cover them up it was really
cool cuz Cody and a neighbor friend ended up working ahead of me to lay down
the top cap so as soon as I was done with the second side I could just
continue on with 1/3 then finally after three long days of picketing I got to
the very end and I guess it doesn’t pay to be a neighbor for and Avars
they ended up stopping by and we put a tool in hey you got to love good
neighbors okay now onto a very quick and simple step adding the trim once all the
pickets were up I grabbed someone buy three boards went to the
outside of the fence and place them along the top this hides all of the dog
beards and just gives it a really uniform look in my opinion this is by
far the quickest step involved in the entire project okay and that’s actually
where I’m gonna have to stop this time I hope to get the boxes done for this
video but I’m just going to push it until the next video so next time I will
be doing the boxes around the post the trim work for the boxes as well as
building a gate now if you have any questions about the material that I’m
using where I purchased it or any of the the tools that I’m using be sure to
check the description of the video first because I have lefty links and I have
also written a pretty thorough written tutorial so if you have more questions
that I didn’t answer in the video then also check that link in the description
below that’s it for this one so I will see you next time moving right along aren’t you yeah that
sons motivation I want to put the next picket in a hurry in order to block out
the Sun a little bit more it’s like go go go

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