A Fence Forever
Furniture-grade details dress up a steel-frame fence.
Synopsis: To have a long life, a fence built in a climate like that of Portland, Oregon, needs to have special attention paid to details. This fence built by Scott Grice and Mark Newman is built to last, and features beautiful furniture-grade details. To help ensure that the fence lasts, Grice built the frame of steel and set it in concrete. Then Newman added the wood details; his weather-savvy building strategy is featured in a sidebar to this article.
When my colleague Mark Newman and I initially reviewed the plans for this fence, one detail the architect specified jumped out at us. The plans called for a long run of tall 6×6 cedar posts milled to fit over 2-in. steel tubes anchored in concrete. This seemed like a lot of work with little chance of precision and a lot of potential for wood checking, twisting, and deteriorating.
The post details weren’t…