WROUGHT IRON HALLOWEEN GRAVEYARD FENCE
In this project we will
construct an eight foot long by three foot tall simulated wrought iron fence for our graveyard. Build as
many sections as you need for the particular size of graveyard you want to
create. While this project is fairly easy, it can be time consuming,
particularly if you are creating a very large graveyard.
The fence sections described
designed to be attached to graveyard fence columns, but can
be easily adapted for other use.
Materials Used Per Section
2 - 1"x2"x8'
4 - 1/2"x10' PVC Pipe
1 - 18"x1/2" Wooden Dowel
22 - 1" Wood Screws
11 - Decorative Plastic Finials
Semi-Gloss Black Paint
1 - Hot Glue Stick
4 - Metal L-Brackets
Tools That We Used
Hot Glue Gun
Electric Screw Driver
Spray Gun and Compressor
Electric Hand Drill
There are two
pieces to the frame, a top and a bottom. First, we must mark
the drill points for the eleven holes with a pencil. Begin by drawing a line
straight down the
center of one board long ways. Next, starting from the center, make a mark
for the center picket, then one every eight
inches in both directions for the other ten pickets. Once you have all of
the drill points marked, place the marked board on top of the second board and use two
or three wood clamps to secure the boards together, one on top of the other.
are used to make sure that the two boards do not
slip apart or become misaligned while they are being drilled.
To drill the picket holes, we used a drill press with a 7/8"
spade bit to drill all of the holes, but you could also use an electric hand drill.
If you use a hand drill, just make
sure that you drill the holes as straight as possible. Once all of the holes
have been drilled, you can sand off any rough edges.
The Wrought-Iron Pickets
pickets are three feet in length and will be placed in each picket hole in
the frame. Since each
picket is three feet long, you can get three pickets from each ten foot
length of pipe. Mark each cut with a pencil or marker and start cutting.
Small diameter PVC pipe like this is very easy to cut using a
PVC pipe cutter. This tool is like a big pair of
scissors designed for this job and costs under twenty-dollars. You can also
use a hacksaw, but it requires a lot more elbow-grease.
of pipe have been cut to length, you can slide them into the top and bottom pieces of the
frame boards that
you drilled the holes in.
The easiest way to do this is
to lay the two boards on edge, on a flat
surface and starting at one end, insert the pieces of pipe into the holes one-by-one until they extend
three inches above what will be the top board and six inches below the
bottom board. Make sure that all of the pipe pieces are evenly aligned in
Secure the pipe to the board with a
screw by pre-drilling
a hole slightly smaller than the diameter of the screw deep enough to go though the wood and
into one side of the pipe. Pre-drilling helps prevent the wood from splitting. Now you can screw a dry-wall screw through the board and into one side
of each pipe. The screw only needs to go through one side of the pipe to
secure it. We used an electric screw-driver.
Pronounced: fin-e-al's, a
"Finial" is a decorative piece that is attached to the top of each picket.
sells three different styles of
that are perfect for giving your fence that old cemetery look.
Plastic finials are a lot less expensive than iron ones and are much easier
to work with.
For our graveyard fence
we went with what is called the "Pawn" version, but you can use any of the three Gothic
cut a 1-1/2" long piece of 1/2" wooden dowel for each picket/finial. These will act as support posts
between the finial to the
PVC pipe. Next, hot glue a piece of
dowel into the base of the finial and then apply some hot glue
around the inside of the PVC pipe and insert the finial/dowel into the pipe
until the base of the finial rests against the top of the pipe.
- Hot glue guns and the glue is
very hot! Wear leather or canvas gloves.
we mentioned above, these fence sections will be attached to graveyard fence
columns (link). To do this, we used simple metal "L" brackets. These brackets come in various sizes and are
available at hardware stores. Rather than wood screws, we opted to use nuts and
bolts since the fence sections will be used year-after-year.
wood putty or spackle to fill in any cracks, gaps or openings and smooth it
out with a putty
The entire section, frame,
pickets and finials should be painted with semi-gloss or flat black, exterior latex paint
at least two times to insure good coverage and so that the wood is well
sealed against weather. It is much easier and quicker to use a spray gun
to paint the fence sections than by hand with a brush.
Yard haunters have been
building simulated fence like this for as long as we can remember, we would
like to thank those who have been building this type of fence for decades.