Introduction: Bamboo Fence
This is my bamboo fence. I hope you like it. It took a couple months, but anyone super committed could finish this on a weekend. Steps with many pictures below.
Go ahead and dig your fence posts and get that mess in order. I went every 6-7 ft which resulted in 13 total panels.
Find where you like your joist hangers. I just followed the contour of the land. Yet I staggered the completed panels. It's easier to start at the high right side. As mine slopped down right to left.
I put mine at the far back side to account for the width of the bamboo posts
I put one 2x4 in the joist and leveled out to be able to set up my next joist holder
Now to make the cut. I just eye it out and mark a line
Those fit beauty.
You want to secure the stringers (horizontal 2x4's ). I used cheap fence panel boards. You only need them to keep the stringers secure and well in place
I'll cut them short on that red line
I got on the back side of the fence to secure the stringers
You can now remove the entire panel and bring it to your work station.
2 sawhorses will due perfect as a good work area. Lay flat with the stringers exposed on top.
Depending on how thick your bamboo is will determine your screw size. I went with self drilling exterior screws. They worked very well and saved a lot of time from predrilling
Pick a side and put a screw in on both stringers on that side. I chose the left side because the ground naturally sloped that way a bit. My finger is my measuring tool to keep both screws at the same distance
Both screws in. Time to get some bamboo.
Choose any boards you like. Obviously some will be bent this way and that . Non of that bothered me much, it depends on your OCD.
I tend to grab just a few at a time to get the boards in as tightly as possible. Switching posts around will be inevitable.
Fully packed in. Not too worried about the hight right now, just getting them tight
At the very end I leave a near equal distance from the opening bamboo post.
I always take my time on the first post I screw in. "Measure twice, drill once". Start on the last post you laid out.
First post screwed in
All the posts screwed in
Same for the bottom stringer
Find a heavy straight tool so you can keep a straight cut line. This thing worked perfect.
Ready to be lined out
Pull out your trusty saw and cut it straight.
Same for the bottom side. I have my bamboo posts at 64-66 inches, depending on the slope.
Placed the completed panel into position.
Remember to screw it in
Fill in the side gaps with a precut fitted bamboo post and drill it in
All your panels now put up.
Now add some cheap flat paneling to cover the exposed holes do no water can get in. This should add many extra years to the finished panels
A great feature is working around trees so they can not only live, but add beauty and feature.
You should be fully done. Hope this helps with your bamboo fence project.