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Build a cedar fence with open panels

  • Difficulty: hammer
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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : Week-end project

This 6' wood fence will ensure your privacy outside while still letting in air and light. Each panel is 72" wide.

The fence is easy to build and requires very few materials, since the boards are simply inserted into grooves made in the posts.

We suggest you use metal stakes to secure the 6' posts, because they make it easier to position the posts accurately and adjust if necessary. Another option would be to use 10' fence posts and set them in concrete form tubes.


Tools and materials required


  • Table saw with dado blade
  • Driver drill
  • Sledgehammer
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • String and wooden stakes


  • (Materials for one panel)
  • 1 cedar post, 4" x 4" x 72"
  • 12 cedar boards, 1" x 6" x 72"
  • 2 ½" treated-wood screws
  • Metal fence stakes
  • Stain

Before Assembly

Fence panel elevation


Cedar is a naturally weather-resistant material and so does not need to be specially treated or painted. But there’s nothing to prevent you from staining it to go with the decor – this will not detract from its beauty.

We have chosen to use cedar for this project because of its weather-resistant qualities. You could also make the fence from treated wood, but bear in mind, in that case, that your fence will not have the same rich aspect that natural cedar provides.

A fence is made up of a series of panels connected by posts. Each panel needs to be supported by two posts. The following list of materials is for one panel with one support post. You will need an additional post to complete the end of the fence.



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Build a cedar fence with open panels