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Cemetery Fence

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Here is another version of the ever popular cemetery fence that I modified just a tad.


  • 2 - 8' lengths 1" x 2" lumber
  • 5 - 10' lengths 1/2" PVC pipe
  • 1 - 10' length 1 1/2" PVC pipe
  • 1 - Box 1" screws (drywall, wood - your choice)
  • 2 - "L" Brackets w/screws
  • 2 - Cans Flat Black spray paint
  • 15 - Skull Whistles
  • 1 - Tube Liquid Nails for Projects


  • Electric Drill
  • 7/8" drill bit
  • Jigsaw
  • Saw or pipe cutter (for cutting PVC pipe)
  • Screwdriver or screwgun


I started by laying out the 1" x 2" lumber one on top of the other and measuring out 15 holes six inches on center.  Using my drill press with a 7/8" bit, I drilled each of the holes through both lengths of lumber.  It is best to have a scrap piece of lumber under your work to limit the chipping that occurs as the bit exits the bottom lumber. 


The next step was to make a 1 1/2" arc on each end of the lumber.  Cut these with a jigsaw and sand smooth. Now would be a good time to sand the 7/8" holes also.

Cut each length of 1/2" PVC into three equal pieces.  This roughly works out to 3'-4" each.  I originally planned to have staggered lengths of pipe here however, it would have taken more pipe and ultimaltely more $.    I used a plywood type blade in my mitre saw for this operation.  It made fast work of the cutting.  When I started this project, I bought the electical type PVC conduit.  This turned out to be a problem since one end is female.  Removing the end reduces the overall length of the bars.  Left on it just plain looks silly.  Pay the extra couple cents and get the plumbing type PVC.  Nuff said...   Lay out the lumber and insert the PVC through the holes.  I spaced the lumber five inched on the top and bottom from the ends of the PVC pipe.  Your preference may be otherwise.


Drive a screw through the lumber into each pipe top and bottom.  Make sure to measure your five inch spacing before driving home the screw.  When all pipes are attached to the lumber you can move on to the next step. 

Cut the length of 1 1/2" PVC into two-five foot sections. I used five feet just to save on additional cuts.  You can make these sectional poles whatever size your little heart desires.  Space the end of the pipe five inches from the bottom lumber and mark the location of the "L" bracket holes.  I pre-drilled these holes to make for easy assembly.  Once the bottom is complete and secured, mark the top holes and secure the bracket.

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