Who hasn’t yet made a pallet wood picket fence? Or thought of it? I guess everybody.
And so did I. I’m still building an orchid green house for my sister in law, so the picket fence project will have to wait a bit. Also I’m waiting for a friend to deliver some 10 pallets so I can get started. Until I have that I’ll only build on the green house.
The idea will be very simple and I actually got my inspiration at my son’s day care. I took a picture and blurred out all that is not the fence. I hope they don’t mind 😉
Once I have the pallets, it’ll be time to take the pallets apart. See my post on Pallet Busting for some tips on this subject.
On my son’s daycare, they used some bought wood for the horizontal bars. I will use pallet wood for those as well. This way I will make lengths of about 3 foot in length. I will connect one length to the next simply with two pieces of wood.
For each length of picket fence, I’m going to make the horizontal bars, one on top and one on the bottom. Then vertically, I’ll screw the pallet boards. One on this side, then one on the other side. I hope this makes sense, but probably won’t, so take a look at the picture 🙂
We have a dachshund who must not be able to leave this kennel, so the boards will be quite close to one another.
Here is a night shot of when I just had finished the first two lengths. Please note that this is a quick and dirty project, so the boards aren’t neatly lined up. They’re not all of the same length, nor thickness. However, that all adds to the rustic look 😉
- paint or colored water seal
- piece of cloth or brush
- drill / screwdriver
Step by Step Instructions
1) step 1 – approximate equal length
After taking the pallets apart, I have a whole stack of boards. First thing I do is to cut the boards at roughly the same length.
2) step 2 – chop off some the top corners
Just for aesthetics, I chop off the corners on the top. Much like you can see on the picture of the daycare. However, my corners are much less uniform. That’s mainly because I just eyeball where I have to cut with my circular saw.
3) step 3 – line up
On my makeshift workbench (a stack of pallets:-) )I line up three boards on top of two horizontal beams (These are actually some thinker boards cut lengthwise). On at least two of the boards, Then I screw the boards on the beam. I use 2 screws per horizontal beam. This creates enough sturdiness for these light weight fence parts.
4) step 4 – flip it over
The I flip over the just made fence part. Then I screw on three more boards, between the other three boards. I only need to use 1 screw per board on the top and 1 screw on the bottom.
5) step 5 – repeat
Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 as many times as you need.
September 3rd 2017 – I just finished 5 fence parts, and now I have to go pallet busting again. Also I have to fix the fence parts to the ground somehow. I think I will reuse an old 3 by 3 that was left over from Orchid House 2.
Next time I make a fence part I’ll take some pictures and put them in the text.