Tom Sawyer Fence

Tom Sawyer Fence

There are two sides to every fence. Many communities require the “finished” side to face the neighbor. The other side (above) can be equally lovely or even preferable when professionally installed.
Named after Mark Twain’s character who got his friends to paint Aunt Polly’s fence, most Tom Sawyer fences are allowed to weather, as their primary purposes are screening and security.


 

Nipping off the corners of the boards (see Plateau Top diagram on Page 17) creates a smooth top fence line, as opposed to flat board tops, or even the common Dog Ear, which produce a jagged effect. By using massive horizontal “stringers” we get adequate strength with two rails, avoiding the “ladder” effect of three smaller rails.

 

 

 

 

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