Mushroom patch fence – part 1, the build

Hi, Iím Dominic Bender, thanks for watching
Dominic’s Woodworks. And welcome to our first annual, well, monthly, or… Whatever, our
first field trip. Looking at the weather outside, I wish I could stay indoors. Anyway, let me
take you round here. There I burried two patches of mycelium for edible mushrooms, the kind
you eat, not smoke. The thing is, we have kids walzing through the garden, and we’ve
had mushrooms in the garden before, but never intentional and it’s possible that someone
comes along and plucks them out as weeds or whatever. So I want to make a little fence
for this patch. And I want to use old wood just standing around here, and what better
way to get rid of it. But there are a few things that I need to take into account, and
the first, of course, is the kids. They are running arround and it shouldn’t be too high
because I do expect them to climb over it, and it shouldn’t be too pointy or pointy
at all, because I also expect them to trip over themselves and anything else. This is
part of my trash bin, ehm, sorry, lumber storage. And yes, there are pieces in there that are
not wood, I do know that. Most of the time. So let’s see what I can find. I actually
shot a video about how I meassured my stock and divided it and what not. Then I found
some more and the whole thing became obsolete so I’ll spare you that. What I’m doing now
is rip these boards into slat-like pieces to use as fence-posts.
And yes, with my table saw I’m going full
monty regarding personal safety equipment. 30 centimeters of slat-height, and to set
this up I’m going to use the built-in stops. So here we are, I got my fence posts, two
of them turned out slightly longer than the others, and I think I’ll put those in the
corners, here we have two of each length, 1 meter, 1,20m and 2,20m, and I also have
a few cut-offs. What Iím doing now is starting with the shortest piece, and I just try them
on for size. This is the 1 meter piece so I need five slats, these five slats or these
four and a slightly longer corner piece. So I’m also going to align these pieces with
the top. My camera died, the battery, so I finished this screw-up without you, but there’s
not much to it, the only thing I did you see here, I hope, is to put these two pieces together with this little one. What I actually did was, I worked my way up to here, then screwes this one onto this piece and to the new piece down below, then did the same from here to
there and then as an afterthought I added these two pieces, and as you can see they’re
already broken, but it’s not meant to stand up to a lot of abuse. The next thing I need
to do is find some way to make it stand up. I have an idea, I need to find a proper
board for it to stick to the spirit of the project. Then the last step will be to go
outside and actually set it up. This is when I’m going to screw the side-pieces to the
front-piece because if I did that now it would either break or I would not be able to get
it out of my shop. So here I have six pieces from a larger board, and I’m going to give
them an edge, or a spike rather, in order to drive them into the earth. For that I’ll
be using my pointy angle jig. I know itís not pretty but I could either cut this one
down or do a little bit of hand-tool work. Here we have the pieces, rather pointy, probably easy to drive into the earth, hopefully long and stable enough, but the fence isn’t too
high so I’m not really worried. One thing I could or should have done was to rip the
board on the table saw and then cut it off like this, it would have saved me some trouble,
but as I’ve promised you there will be some moaning about my table saw at a later time. So I have six pieces and I will screw them to the fence. So it had been brought
to my attention that I screwes up, I put the spikes on the wrong side of the fence. So
I donít think you need to see me screwing things all day, so I will just show you the
results. Each side-piece has one spike near one ende, the end facing away from the middle-piece, and the middle piece has one, two and three. So, there it is, tomorrow I’ll assemble it.

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Reader Comments

  1. Mike Whitenton

    I have a tip for you on wood splitting when screwing boards that have a tendency to split like old dry lumber. Take a clamp and put a fair amount of pressure across the grain while installing the screws. It prevents the wood from opening a split while the screw tries to push the grain apart. This is much faster than predrilling and the results are far less frustrating than having to go back and fix split boards.

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