How To Build A Beautiful Wood Fence With Hog Wire

Follow my progress on removing my old chain link fence across the front of my property and replacing it with a nice looking wood fence. The posts are pressure treated 4 x 4’s and the fence panels are made from 2 x 4’s and hog wire. I will update this project as I make progress building and installing the new wood fence.


Chain Link Fence 2015-05-19 08.44.48


finished wood fence

The fence is now finished. See above.

12 thoughts on “How To Build A Beautiful Wood Fence With Hog Wire

    Bret Warrick responded:
    May 20, 2015 at 10:41 am

    This is a great looking wood fence that you can see through and will last for years.


    Alexis said:
    March 16, 2016 at 8:59 am

    That is beautiful!! Do you have instructions on how to do this?


      Bret Warrick responded:
      March 16, 2016 at 10:16 am

      No instructions. I just looked at neighbors fences and modified mine a little from what I saw. Used all treated 2 x 4’s for the fence and treated 4 x 4’s for the posts. Just sandwiched the wire between the 2 x 4″s and used deck screws to hold each section together.


    Caryl said:
    March 19, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Did you frame the sides of the hog panels? What did you use to attach the framed panels to the posts? I am getting ready to do a version of this around an orchard using 8 ft posts and 3 strands of cable above the hog panels to keep dear out.


    Caryl said:
    March 19, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Bret, did you frame the sides of the panels as well? How did you attach the panels to the posts? Getting ready to start a similar project and would appreciate the advice.


      Bret Warrick responded:
      March 19, 2016 at 10:24 am

      Caryl – Here’s how I built the panels. I laid out 8′ lengths of the hog wire (cut from 16′ pieces) on top of a 4’x8′ sheet of plywood placed on sawhorses. Use a bolt cutter to cut the wire. Then I placed 8′ 2×4’s under the long edges of the hog wire using the plywood sheet edges to keep everything square. Next I placed two more 2×4’s on top of each edge and drove in 3″ deck screws to sandwich the wire between the top and bottom 2×4’s. I drilled clearance holes in the top 2×4’s for the screws. Overlap the hog wire about half the 4″ width of the 2×4’s. I used 4-5 screws for each long edge. Then I cut a 2×4 to the width of the panel (around 3′). I ripped these pieces in half to obtain 2×2’s for the panel vertical pieces. I pre-drilled these pieces on the sides for screwing the finished panels to the 4×4 posts. Next I drilled holes through the top 2×2’s and screwed them to the ends of the panel sandwiching the wire on the ends. Now the panel is ready to attach to the posts. Make sure the distance between the posts is slightly longer than the panels. Use 3″ screws to screw the panels to the posts through the pre-drilled 2×2’s. I raised each panel about 4″ from the ground for attachment to the posts and put a top 2×4 piece on each panel after each panel was installed. This gives you about a 4′ high fence. Good luck with your fence.


    Ben said:
    July 5, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Bret, Just came across your fence, love how simple & sharp it looks. I can’t believe that’s treated wood. What stain did you use to get that rich look? Thanks!


      Bret Warrick responded:
      July 5, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Ben, that’s the beauty of using good quality treated lumber. No stain is required and that look will last a long time.


    Melissa said:
    August 18, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Looks great! What gauge hog wire did you use? Also may I ask where you got the lumber? Thanks!


    melissamac03 said:
    August 18, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Bret, What gauge hog wire did you use and where did you purchase your lumber? Thanks!


      Bret Warrick responded:
      August 20, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Melisssa, I used a galvanized steel wire just a little over .200 in. diameter (4 gauge wire). It’s available from lots of home improvement or lumber yards. The store sells 3′ x 16′ panels and I had them cut them into 3′ x 8′ pieces so I could haul them home in my truck. I bought my lumber at a local lumber yard near Lynden, Washington called Western Building Supply. They had better lumber in the sizes I needed than Lowe’s or Home Depot.


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