I got the idea for this fence while taking my students to Colonial Plantation located in Ridley Creek State Park. After we moved into our new home, there were two problems that needed to be addressed. First, we had a number of oak trees that needed to come down and second, there is a drainage ditch in the back that we wanted to put a simple barrier in front of. The solution? Use the wood from the trees to create a simple split rail fence like the one I saw on the field trip. In addition, I wanted to recreate the experience of an early American colonist as (relatively) authentically as possible.
The best part about this style of fence is that it does not require nails or screws. It is quick and easy to disassemble to re-position or move completely somewhere else. Plus, if you are unhappy with the results, with a few quick cuts from a chainsaw, you have a nice stack of firewood.
DISCLAIMER: You assume any and all risk. Remember: You are always one small slip away from an ER visit.
It is imperative that you take several precautions before starting this project.
1. If you are attempting this project, it is assumed that you have experience using the tools listed in the materials section.
2. Always wear eye and hearing protection. Avoid wearing shorts and open-toed shoes.
3. Pace yourself! Accidents tend to happen when you get tired or bored. Need a break? Take it!Materials
- Safety glasses
- Hearing protection (the sledgehammer hitting the wedge is surprising loud!)
- 2-3 splitting wedges
- Logs cut to length
- Chainsaw (optional)