How to add lattice fence toppers

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How to add lattice fence toppers
A lattice topper can make your fence more decorative and offer privacy. (lattice image by Joann Cooper from Fotolia.com)

Extending the top of a wooden privacy fence with lattice adds additional privacy while making your fence more attractive and decorative. The process is relatively straightforward: You must extend your existing posts and then add lattice to the top along the post extensions. In a simple project, you can add the lattice as is, but for a nicer, more finished appearance, first encase it in a wooden frame and then mount each framed panel along the top of the fence.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Metal tie plates
  • Screws
  • 4 by 4 wood posts
  • 2 by 2 wood boards
  • Lattice
  • Table saw
  • Router saw
  • Mitre saw
  • screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut the 4 by 4 posts to the lengths required for your extension. Your extension can be whatever height you choose, but a height between 1 and 2 feet will typically suffice.

  2. 2

    Attach the post extensions to each of the existing fence posts using a metal tie plate and screws. Simply screw the plate to the post and to the extension. For added stability, you can use a layer of wood glue between the post and the extension.

  3. 3

    Cut the lattice into sheets the right size (height) for your extension using a table saw.

  4. 4

    Construct a frame for each piece/panel of lattice using the 2 by 2s. If you cannot find 2 by 2s, you may need to buy 2 by 6es and cut them into the appropriate size. To construct a frame, you'll use a router saw to cut a groove into one side of the 2 by 2. The lattice will fit into the groove. You'll also use the mitre saw to cut the corners for your frame so they meet along 45 degree angles.

  5. 5

    Insert one side of the lattice into one edge of the frame at a time. Make sure all four sides of the frame will fit tightly around the lattice. Then sink screws into the corners of the frame to hold it together.

  6. 6

    Paint, stain or finish the lattice panels as preferred.

  7. 7

    Attach the panels along the top of the fence to the post extensions using more screws.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to wear all safety gear when working with saws.
  • Sand your work after each cut to remove any splintering.

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