How to Build a Wooden Fence

A wooden fence can be a nice avenue to increase the beauty of your farm, home, garden or outdoor landscaping. Sometimes, these fences may end up being expensive. The cost can fluctuate depending on the type of wood you choose to build the fence out of. Still, wooden fences are a great way to revamp what your house and yard looks, especially if you do some fence painting to add some style, and it can be cost efficient. Here is how you can build a wooden fence similar to vinyl fencing. Read on for more information before you contact local fence builders.


Items You Will Need:

  • Lumber Posts/ Fence Posts
  • Post Hole Digger
  • Ramp Rod
  • Chainsaw or a Handsaw
  • Level
  • Nails
  • Spool of Twine
  • Mattock
  • Markers (like Stakes)
  • HammerLumber and Fence posts

Step 1

Pay attention to any property lines in this step. Have your yard surveyed. Draw, mark and measure your new fence line.

Step  2

Make the postholes. Dig them with the shovel. Post hole digger and mattock. Make the holes wider than the fence posts. The hole should be no less than 1 foot in depth.

Step 3

Set the fence posts with dirt. Place the level alongside to ensure they are straight. Fill all the empty spaces around the post well. Tamp the dirt using the tamping rod. This will make the post firm.

Step 4

Decide exactly how many boards will go across the fencing. If you chose a picket styled fence, or a privacy fence, your fence will need another set of vertical boards. A post and plank fence is not nailed but joined together.

Privacy fence

Nail all boards lying horizontal twice. Alternative and size the boards as you go along. If the fence you are making is a three plank fence, then the center board should be in the middle and the upper and bottom boards will need to meet on the very ends. Your level will help getting the alignment the way it should be. If this is too hard or you don’t have the time to build it yourself, then you should consider getting help from professional builders from top maryland fence companies.

Picket fence

The vertical boards get put on with nails.  For a picket or privacy fence use the level for aligning. The picket style fence is nailed at even spacing and between postings. Saw off any parts to ensure the proper size and fit.

The tops of the posting should be taken off with a handsaw or chainsaw.


  • With a joined post-and-plank fence you” have to set planks into holes that you bore into the postings as opposed to nailing them into the post face. When using this design, planks and posts meet at consistent intervals. They don’t alternate for added strength to the structure. Some home improvement stores have kits that make having and installing fences very easy. You can go to any Home Depot and ask what your options are in terms of fencing.
  • You can also stain your fence through Wood Fence Staining. This gives it more color and lasts longer.

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About the Author: Jason Prickett loves to write about home maintenance and stuff you can do yourself instead of hiring any professional. His step by step guides will assist you in completing your home maintenance tasks.

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