How to Build a Horizontal Wooden Fence Panel

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Whether you want to add privacy to your yard, make a hideaway nook in a garden or create a backdrop for a seating area, a horizontal wooden fence panel can do just that. While fencing panels can be bought from most home improvement stores, you can build a horizontal wooden fence panel on your own for less cost and with just basic woodworking skills. Make a single panel or multiple panels and install them in a line to cover a little space or a lot.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 boards, 2 by 4 inches, 8 feet long
  • 2 boards, 2 by 4 inches, 7 feet long
  • Wood screws, 3 inches and 1 1/2 inches
  • Drill
  • Tape measure
  • Lattice section, 4 by 8 feet
  • Post hole digger
  • Pea gravel
  • Level
  • Lay the two 7-foot boards on a flat surface resting on their 2-inch width running parallel and spaced 8 feet apart. Place an 8-foot board between the two boards at one end to form a large “U” shape. Align the corners so they are flush. Insert two 3-inch screws through the 7-foot boards and into each end of the 8-foot board. This 8-foot board is the top of the panel.

  • Set a second 8-foot board between the 7-foot sides at the other end to form the bottom. Bring the board up between the 7-foot boards 18 inches above the ends. Rotate the board to its 4-inch width. Insert two 3-inch screws through the 7-foot boards into the ends of the 8-foot board.

  • Place another 8-foot board between the 7-foot boards on its 4-inch width. Space this board 42 inches above the bottom board. Secure with screws. Place the fourth 8-foot board on its 4-inch width centered between the second and third board and secure with screws.

  • Lay your lattice section over the three lower boards so it nestles between the 7-foot boards. Screw through the lattice and into the boards with 1.5-inch screws at each place where the lattice intersects the boards.

  • Dig two post holes 18 inches deep and spaced 8 feet apart. Fill the bottom of each hole with 6 inches of pea gravel. Stand the panel upright and slip the bottoms of the 7-foot boards into the holes. Make the panel level and fill in around the legs with soil, packing the soil firmly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Coat your fence with water-resistant sealant to lengthen the life of the wood.
  • Position climbing plants to grow around the panel to fill in the lattice with decorative greenery such as roses, clematis, ivy or morning glories.

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References

  • Making Arbors and Trellises; Marcianne Miller, et al.
  • The Complete Backyard Book; Murdoch Books
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