One of the by-products of replacing or removing an old wooden fence is an embarrassment of riches—free wood to reuse in woodcraft projects. Wood from an old fence offers three major advantages to working with new wood: it's economical, it's environmentally friendly, and the wood is already cut to even lengths and widths. You save time, money and the environment—and end up with a one-of-a-kind craft item.
Picket Fence Garden Furniture
Turn an old picket fence into an unusual garden shelf or planter box. Cut the fence sections to size for the sides and ends of a simple box. To make a set of shelves, leave one long side open, and fashion shelves from narrower sections of pickets. Use the planter box to hold plants in pots, or line it with ground cloth if you'd rather plant directly in the box. If the wood from the fence is sturdy and in good condition, salvage lengths to form the seat and back of a pair of park benches, using a purchased metal frame or building one from wood.
Stockade Fence Shed
Turn an old stockade fence into the walls of a rustic garden shed or charming playhouse. If you're not experienced at framing sheds and structures, opt for a purchased garden shed kit. Many include the fasteners and joist holders you'll need to put the shed together. Frame the building with new lumber for safety's sake, and use the pieces of stockade fence as sheathing for the outer walls and roof.
Post and Rail Wall Plaques
Reuse the posts and rails from an old fence to create wall plaques. You'll need a circular saw to split the rails lengthwise giving you one flat surface to hang against a wall. Cut the split wood in 12-inch lengths, sand and decorate with dried or silk flowers. Use a wood-burning tool to add quotes or personalise with a name to hang on a bedroom wall or a front door.
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