In this last stage of my DIY fence, I wanted to cover the screwed-down edges of the corrugated panels. You could leave them showing, but that’s too industrial looking even for me. We wanted the steel panels to be surrounded by clean wood edges on all sides.
My brainstorm here was to leave the panels a bit short at the top and bottom, and then rabbet the back of two more 2x4s to fit over those bumpy panel edges. I had to use the tablesaw for that task, so if you don’t have one you can ask a friend. Or just design the fence to work around it. One way to do that would be to attach the 2×4 rails and just screw the steel panels to the back of them. Let your neighbors look at the screws, or those lazy buggers can build their own fence!
As for me, I like the doubled-up 2x4s at top and bottom. It makes the fence stiffer and stronger.
The tablesaw cuts are pretty deep, so you definitely need a push stick or two to keep your hands safe, but the boards tend to guide themselves through the cut, believe it or not. If you have a riving knife on your saw (by splitter wouldn’t work for this) then definitely use it for some added peace of mind.
After the from boards are notched, you just cut them to length and attach them with long deck screws. That’s it! You still need to build some gates, but those can be as easy or hard as you like. Check the final photo for the easiest approach to gate-making: the Adjust-A-Gate kit available at all home centers.
And in a future post I’ll show how to make a super-custom gate in a Japanese style.