How to Build a Stockade Fence


Fencing can be built for many reasons from containing pets to providing privacy to property owners. There are many type of fencing that is available to you, depending upon the purpose of your fence. One of the most popular fencing styles for maintaining privacy is a stockade fence. This is an easy, yet time consuming style of fence to build, but provides complete privacy from prying neighbors or busy roads.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood posts
  • Concrete
  • Nails or screws
  • Horizontal fence supports
  • Hammer or drill
  • Vertical fence slats or panels
  • Set your posts equidistant from each other. Posts should be at least 4 x 4 inches with corner posts being a minimum of 6 x 6 inches depending upon the weight and height of your fence. Each post should be set at least 30 percent of its distance into a concrete filled hole, and allowed to solidly set before adding weight to the fence.

  • Screw or nail two braces to the inside edges of each post at a level mark. This might not be the same height from the ground for each post, but between posts, these braces need to be level. One should be approximately one foot off the ground, while the other should be 6 or 8 inches lower than the top of your fence.

  • Nail or screw a horizontal support board to each of these braces. This horizontal support board will support the solid stockade panels of the fence.

  • Align the tops of your stockade panel, or individual boards, and add them one by one, butted up to each other, between each of the fence posts. When building a stockade fence, the purpose is privacy, so there should be no spaces between the vertical boards or panels.

  • Repeat this process for each section of fence. You may need to nail an additional board down the front of your fence posts, to blend them in with the rest of the fence.

Tips & Warnings

  • The taller and heavier material used to build your stockade fence, the stouter, and therefore larger, the fence posts should be. Corner posts should be braced to assist them in carrying their weight load.

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