Occasionally I get a request for projects that are a little outside the “norm”. This could be a design feature, a specific challenge related to the project or really any number of other factors that make some projects more unique than others. From time to time I will showcase those projects in a series called Project Spotlight. Hope you enjoy! Browse the pages here and you will see a variety of styles of wood privacy fence. Some of my most enjoyable projects have been those that are not standard design. These projects have challenged me and left me with a sense of pride upon completion. Today’s Spotlight Project is so far my favorite. So much so I’ve given it a name; The Craftsman.
I was first exposed to Craftsman style architecture from a book I happened to find at bookstore in Nashville, TN. It was actually on a discount rack outside the store as some friends and I were walking in. I flipped through the book before going in to browse others, but kept thinking about. I flipped through it again on the way out and ended up purchasing it. I was drawn to something in those images of Craftsman style homes.
Not long after this I found my way to Craftsman style furniture. This style of furniture instantly resonated with me and continues to be a focus of my woodworking efforts. The style, simplicity,and focus on quality of workmanship is what piqued my interest and continues to sustain it.
I like to think this fence shares some of those traits. The 6×6 posts offer a strong foundation for the fence itself, but also project a sense of security as a backdrop for the intimate landscaping of this outdoor space. The fence portion is identical on both sides; none of the frame work is seen from either side.
The lattice is hand built from western red cedar. All the strips where cut on a table saw and then cut to length using a miter saw. Each piece was then drilled with a pilot hole with counter sink to reduce likelihood of splitting before screws where inserted. Overbuilt? Perhaps. Strong? You wouldn’t believe how strong!
The first time I built a project like this my dad was giving me a hand. He ended up changing some of the design I had originally intended, but it was certainly for the better. I’ve mentioned his influence before on my thoughts on quality. I generally accept his insights willingly. Who am I to argue with his 30 years of experience?
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