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To start with, this is a low cost fence, the greatest single expense was probably the paint.

To make two ten footer sections of fencing, get one 2"x4"x10' (approx. three bucks), and cut it lengthwise, into 4 -   3/4"x10' strips, then mark the pieces on center 6" in from the ends, and then 9" on center between. Drill these marks through with a 7/8" diameter drill bit. I used a forstner bit, since I like a clean exit. Before you put this all to one side, drill a 3/16" hole 1/2" from each end.
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cut stack showing leftover strip on top

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This will give you thirteen holes for fence and two mount holes.
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A view of one end as it would be after drilling and separated.

This is easiest and fastest if you stack the wood on top of each other, and drill through the pile, or, drill all holes before ripping the four stiles.

Next take 8 pieces of 10'1/2" diameter PVC electrical conduit (.67 cents per), the gray stuff with flared ends, and cut them like so:
4) 27" long from 1 piece
4) 29" long from 1 piece
3) 31" long from 1 piece
3) 33" long from 1 piece
3) 35" long from 1 piece
3) 37" long from 1 piece
2) 39" long from 1 piece
1) 37" long from the leftovers of the  39" pieces
1) each 31", 33", and 35" long from 1 piece

Next take one piece of 2" diameter PVC electrical conduit (2.69 per), and cut it into 4) 30" sections. These will be the fence posts. Next either saw into the posts to make a 7/8" slot
2-1/8" from the top and the bottom, towards the center of the posts on one side, or both sides, if you intend to make this a post between fence sections.
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posts cut to length and slotted on one and two sides respectively.

Now take a leftover piece of the fencing conduit, and solvent weld it with PVC cement into the interior of the post at the bottom of the post, as it is laying on its side, with the slot oriented ninety degrees to the bottom. You could also use liquid nails to fasten it. Additionally for a little added stabilty I sprayed in some Great Stuff™ Expanding Foam above and below the lower fence retaining slots to minimize possible movement.

This is where you set the post onto rebar.

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image of post on side with mount welded to interior

All you need to do now is paint the fence. A roller works well on the wood. Flat black enamel dries quickly.

Use a brush to do the bars and posts, or a HVLP sprayer works well, if you have a room to spray the hell out of, or outdoors if the weather is nice. Personally I painted the whole fence section after it was assembled.

Now assemble the fence sections, with the shortest pieces towards the ends, and the 39" piece in the center.

Use a few pieces of scrap 2"x4" on the side as a guide to give the height of the bottom stile (1.5") in relation to the bars.

Then attach those together. I found a nail gun with 7/8" brads worked great and was quick.

Now measure 24" from the top of the bottom stile. This is where the top stiles bottom edge sits. Slide upper stile into place and fasten.
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The fence should look like above.
You might need to touch up the paint on the bars.

To assemble the sections and posts, place a post on a piece of rebar, insert one fence section end into the slots of the post. Drop 4" roofing nail into the 3/16" holes you drilled into the ends of the stile.

Begin to place the next post on a piece of rebar, insert other fence section end into the slots of the post and slide the whole thing down on the rebar.

Drop 4" roofing nail into the 3/16" hole you drilled. Repeat until fence is assembled in place. If you rest the head on the upper lip of the post it will hold the fence section in place tightly.

You can use 2" PVC plumbing caps to top the posts.

I plan to vacuum cast some medium size skulls to mount to the caps.

For finials try out Toyguys whistles, (I used the skulls) hot glued in place.

I am considering using c7 flame lamps in the future, for finials on other sections, with hot glue dribbled down the tips of the bars, for the melted wax appearance.

Also thinking of drilling out the tops of the bars a bit to allow hookup of the air compressor to some of the bars so the whistles can blow on cue. They make a very owl-like sound.

Now I made 100 feet of fence for under 75.00 bucks including enamel paint, 2"x4"s, all the PVC conduit, endcaps for the posts, long nails to secure the fence sections into the posts and skull whistle finials.

That's under 15.00 bucks for 20' of fence.

You can check out the new cemetery fence design on this page if you like. Same tools and materials, different results.

Some grave marker pics from the local cemetery for reference.

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