Wood Fences

Wood fences have a classic look that is timeless. Contrary to popular belief a wood fence can actually be maintenance free. With a steel post a wood fence can last for a very long time. If you do not stain the wood it will naturally change to a shade of gray. You can also use a traditional wood post. The pickets are usually cedar although redwood, pine and other woods are also available.

For privacy most people will choose a fence that is 6 or 8 feet tall. A privacy fence can be built both vertically or horizontally. The fence can be accented with lattice or other material. Picket fences are usually 3-4 feet tall. The pickets can be spaced any distance apart that you prefer. Head over to our wood gallery to some of the wood fences that we have installed.

Fence Calculator

With our calculator it is easy to determine what you will need for your fencing project. Make a quick sketch of the fence line. Measure and record the distances between each terminal post. (The number of line posts needed will be calculated for you.) Select the type of post. Enter the quantity of each type of terminal post. Enter the lengths of each fence section. Include all gate posts in the corner post count and enter the gate openings in the fence sections. Then all you will need to add to your material list is the proper number of our no-sag gate kits. Line posts are calculated on 8' centers or less.

The example fence below would have: 1 end post, 9 corner posts, 1 bare post and fence sections of 4, 10, 52, 32, 12, 44, 52, 8, 5 and 4 feet. The number of pickets is based on a picket width of 5 1/2". Four, five and six foot pickets get 4 screws and an eight foot board gets 6. The calculator uses 2 rails for 4, 5 and 6 foot fences and three rails for an eight foot fence. In all cases there are 6 screws per rail. Adjust your numbers accordingly. You are always welcome to send your sketch to us and we will part out your fence for you.

The accuracy of the calculator is not guaranteed. It is intended only as a tool to help you part out your fence. Yard Drawing

Wood Fence Calculator

Type of Post: PostMaster Wood 4 x 4 Round Steel

End Post Corner Post Bare Post

Fence Sections (in feet):

1 2 3 4

5 6 7 8

9 10 11 12


Wood Privacy Fence Installation Instructions

All fence posts should be set in concrete or foam. If you are using concrete be certain that the hole depth goes below the frost line for your area. The frost-line can vary from 0" to over five feet deep. If the concrete does not go below this point the post can be shoved up when the frost comes out of the ground in the spring. If you are using structural foam there is no need to go below the frost-line as foam is not affected by the spring thaw like concrete is. In either case be sure that your post is plumb and square. Let the concrete set up for at least three days. The foam will be ready in about an hour. For wood posts include a 6" layer of gravel below the concrete and crown the top for drainage. Depending on which post you choose the remaining installation instructions will vary.


1. Install the rails with screws inserted through the flange.

2. Attach the fence pickets to the rails.

Round Steel Posts

1. Install brackets on each post at the correct height.

2. Install a cap on each post.

3. Attach the rails to the brackets.

4. Attach the fence pickets to the rails.

Wood Posts

1. Attach the rails to the posts. You can either attach the rails directly to the posts or use 2 x 4 hangers.

2. Attach the fence pickets to the rails.

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Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Frontier Fence
212 Moore Lane
Billings, Montana 59101