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    Default Thinking of building a Zig Zag, worm, civil war fence - need some help

    Other than a review of my Massey Ferguson Tractor this is my first post so I'll do a little introduction.

    Last November I purchased 14 acres of land adjacent to the 440 acre farm where my wife and I board our two horses. The land was partially burnt over about 6 or 7 years ago. It had a lot of dead and storm damaged trees. I could see a lot of potential and I love projects. Over the past 9 months I have dropped over 100 dead oaks, mowed a lot of undergrowth, filled many stump holes, removed an old farm dump, graded and shredded, bush hogged, built a forest road and generally had a great deal of fun.

    Shortly after buying the land I convinced the Mrs. that I needed some additional equipment to put some sweat equity into the project. In December I purchased a MF1652 tractor with FEL with a 6 ft. Long 4 in 1 bucket, Woods 6 ft. box blade and Woods BB72X. At just over 95 hours all of the above look like their 9 years old rather than 9 months old. Nevertheless, they have performed beyond expectations. We're about 2 weeks away from planting about 5 acres of pasture. We hope to build a house and barn within the next two years.

    Now to my question. I would like to build a split rail zig zag fence at the entrance. I have a lot of seasoned trees available. Anyone know the technique that was used to create the rails?

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    Default Re: Thinking of building a Zig Zag, worm, civil war fence - need some help

    Sounds like fun...

    I think you will find a myraid of answers HERE and HERE .


    Be sure to post up some pictures of everythang!
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    Default Re: Thinking of building a Zig Zag, worm, civil war fence - need some help

    Most of the fences (that are still around) were split cedar rails.Our farm goes back to 1860 and we still find parts of these fences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artisan
    Sounds like fun...

    I think you will find a myraid of answers HERE and HERE .

    Be sure to post up some pictures of everythang!
    Neither of those sources tells how to split the rails.

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    Default Re: Thinking of building a Zig Zag, worm, civil war fence - need some help

    Regards,

    Artisan

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    Default Re: Thinking of building a Zig Zag, worm, civil war fence - need some help

    Many thanks Artisan. I'm going to give it a go this weekend. I'll post results.

    Mark

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    Default Re: Thinking of building a Zig Zag, worm, civil war fence - need some help

    I saw where a man built a post splitter. He used a 4x24 cylinder and a long I beam and I think he used a wide wedge and said it worked like a charm on locust posts.

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    Default Re: Thinking of building a Zig Zag, worm, civil war fence - need some help

    I am not sure I would want to put that kind of time and effort into an oak fence that wont last long
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    Default Re: Thinking of building a Zig Zag, worm, civil war fence - need some help

    way too much work.
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