How to Build a Custom Picket Fence
A custom picket fence introduces a little flair in an otherwise utilitarian landscape element.
Based on the measurements for the height of the railings, remove the excess of the support posts using a reciprocating saw.
Take measurements from the two end posts, and then begin laying out two railing beams. After clamping the two boards together, use the power drill in coordination with an aluminum jig, perfectly spacing holes to accept the railing balusters.
Clamp the bottom rail to the posts using an underlying wood block for alignment and support.
Because the middle post is slightly offset, we attach two small wood spacers to compensate before setting the two railing beams.
To attach the beams, simply drill them into the support posts.
Insert steel powder-coated balusters into the hole of the attached bottom rail. Then introduce the upper rail — fitting each baluster into the holes (Image 1). The rail is set into position by hammering on a beater board (Image 2).
With the upper rail aligned, clamp it to the support posts, and then attach it using wood screws. Attach the other side using the same procedure.
Finish the railing system by crafting a top rail. After making cuts on two 2 x 6's, use the miter saw to form two 45-degree mitered cuts (Image 1). The two boards come together to form a mitered joint on the corner of the railing (Image 2).
With the top rail clamped in place, drill several screws through to the top of the support posts (Image 1). For added strength, set screws horizontally through the miter joint (Image 2).
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