I’m getting ready to build a new wood fence for myself and my neighbor. I think we’re going to go with treated posts and cedar otherwise. I’ve done some fencing work before for relatives, both framed style and simple post and rail. My question this time around is about the strength of the fastening technique.
The two types I am considering are post and rail, with the rails attached to the side of the posts, or a framed type, with the rails attached to the inside surfaces of the posts. My impression is that rails attached to the surface of the post allows for several different fastener types – screws, nails, bolts – and it would be stronger over time than the inset rails toe-nailed to the posts. I like the look of the inset rails, but I don’t want this thing to fall apart in five, or even ten years. Are there other options for doing this, or is toe nailing pretty much the way it’s done? I considered hangers, but I don’t want them to show.
Our current fence is 23 years old, with 2×6 rails carriage bolted to the posts, and 4/4 slats stapled to the rails. Too bad the posts are finally falling over.
Thanks for any help.