Building a basket weave fences..

How to use basket weave fences.

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Basket weave fences gives an opportunity to create style with little effort. It is not an inexpensive fence especially with special ordered infill, but it creates interesting shadow lines admits breezes, and maintains privacy. Choose the infill width carefully. Over a long fence line, wide infill boards 1+8 can begin to look pretty overwhelming. Narrower boards down to 1+4s will add interest to the architecture of the basket weave fence and make it seem less imposing. Because weave itself adds strength to the frame, you may not need a kickboard for rail support, but you can add one for appearance, of course.

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How to use a basket weave fences.

 

·         Defining spaces: Excellent, but can dominate small areas.

·         Security: Poor, the weave makes the fence easy to climb.

·         Privacy: Very good, even though the weave is open, you can’t see directly through it.

·         Creating comfort zone: Good softens winds and blocks sunlight.

 

 

 

 

                                               How to build  basket weave fence.

 

1.      Lay out the fence line and set posts for 6 to 8 foot bays. Build a flat rail frame, measure the space between the top and bottom rail, and fasten the 1+3 center board in each bay.

 

2.      At each post measure the space between the top and bottom rails they might be slightly different in each bay and cut 1+2 or 1+3 stops to fit. Mark the center of all the posts and fasten the stop to the posts with finishing nails.

 

3.      With a helper holding one end of an infill slat snugly against the stop on  one post, wind the other end behind the stop on the opposite post and mark its length. Cut all the infill slats for the bay to this length. Fasten the slat to the stops at each end with #8 2 inch coated screws, angle them into the post faces. Then fasten the slat to the center board. Weave and fasten the next slat from the opposite side and continue hanging the infill until you have filled the frame. Then trim out the ends of the slats with 1+1 trim. Repeat the process for the remaining gays. Enjoy your basket weave fence.

 

 

 

 

 

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