Good Neighbor Fence: Part 2 – Fine Tuning and Setting the Lines

Good Neighbor Fence:  Part 2 - Fine Tuning and Setting the Lines

This is part 2 in the Good Neighbor fence series. “Good Neighbor” refers to the look of the completed fence. If it is appealing to you on your side and appealing to the next door neighbor or neighborhood, then you’ve succeeded. They style of this fence is “Board on Batten”. In this video, I’ve fine-tuned the level on both sides and set the 4x4s in concrete. For added strength, I used my router and recessed the rails using a template for a clean, precise fit. I’ve constructed many fences over the years from hog-wire, field fence, barbed wire, chain link, and several styles of wooden fences, but still I do not claim to be any kind of expert. No schooling, no internship, and little experience coming from my dad and trial-and-error from researching or just getting out and looking at others’ fences. This is just another fence project for me and they’re all different. Don’t be afraid to get in there and do one for yourself. Shop for the best prices on lumber and save yourself a load in labor costs. Or not. Thanks for watching.

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What do you think?


  1. I see that you offset your template. Wider on the inside to compensate for the wood pickets to be added? Did you do use the thickness of the picket for the difference? How deep into the post did you go for you cross support?
    Great fence!!!



  2. I really found your videos useful and want to use your techniques for our fence. Why did you recess the stringers instead of using a hanger bracket? Any wood shrinkage might compromise the strength you intended by using the recessed technique. I suppose that shrinkage could cause some problems no matter what. Still, I would like to know your reasoning. Thanks!

  3. Brent: A lot of work but it will look great when it is finished. I have not been able to carry an 80 lb. bag of anything for about 12 years. They have used a tight string for years to build almost anything. A mason could not build a wall without string. Line of sight down the fence looks just about perfect. A router and guide is the only way to go with that many mortises.  Without a guide a router has a mine of its own. Does board and batten mean you are covering both sides with one side covering the spaces on the other side? A bit more in cost but it will look awesome. Nice tip on top of concrete for water shed. Most people don't think of it. Are you going to use copper post caps? I can't wait to see it finished. Bernard



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