Swooping fence.. wood?

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Post by Ashram » Sat May 23, 2020 5:55 am

Hi,

I have a very unappealing piece of land I am currently looking at lowering the land to ground level and adding a fence to my current wall to provide privacy for my family. The issue I have is that the wall has a swooping 90degree curve. I have seen some nice wood work by a company in Essex although they are to far away. I have contacted a few fencing companies local to myself but all seem pretty busy, so looks like I will have a go at this myself I am fairly handy when I have the time available I am just not sure what wood would be applicable to use for the style shown in the photo the bend isn’t overly sharp. If any one could shine some light on which wood I should use and if all wood has a flex. I don’t want it to splinter after a few months. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Post by London mike 61 » Sat May 23, 2020 8:00 am

If you search for ‘ wood bending companies uk ‘ they have all the equipment to produce what you want. Other than that it can be done but from what I’ve read about it can take a few weeks to form the bends in a former which you have to make first.

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Post by Chippo1 » Sat May 23, 2020 8:17 am

Hi have done some similar horizontal batten fencing in my garden and entrance way , using 50x25 treated sawn roofing battens , cheap. Only the long section has a slight curve one end where it follows the existing panelled fence.

However I very much doubt that timber would bend much further at all , it was all wet when I did it but to get that bend radius would be difficult using timber that has knots and defects, I would guess you would need good quality defect free timber and possibly steam the timber to make it playable (never done this , seen it done on U tube using diy methods) I would also think much thinner timber. Start adding quantities up and you use loads of material , I used in the region of 750metres in the end . I did doors to to hide ugly meter cupboards

Time consuming to especially cutting loads of 45 degree for the corners , I fixed using Brad nails and nail gun.
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Sorry upside down agian ! That picture you posted looks the nuts. Seen this look lots on the Chelsea Flower show programs this week
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Post by dewaltdisney » Sat May 23, 2020 9:03 am

I think that is overly ambitious. You could make it easier with vertical slats but you are still faced with forming a frame of posts and curved rails. Curving is hard to do but you can steam in a drainage pipe with caps and a wallpaper steamer. As Mike says you need to build a former but the rails needed are thick and will be hard to bend. An alternative is to build the rails through lamination on a former. Both procedures will take ages. The other issue is if it is your fence then the fair face should be to your neighbour's side so you are faced with having the rails or double slatting it both sides. A block wall rendered is looking good.

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Post by Chippo1 » Sat May 23, 2020 9:21 am

Definitely with DWD
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Post by Ashram » Sat May 23, 2020 4:01 pm

Thanks for the replies, I wasn’t sure if some timber was malleable is that’s the word enough to hold form in a curve once secured to posts. It’s a road facing wall no a dividing wall and I did think of render but I would need a profession for that. I was trying to keep it with the surrounding appearance of neighbours but every one has privys. I would mind a privy but I imagine they take a while to provide privacy

Really appreciate the replies. Just so I fully understand and we all in agreement wood won’t take a sufficient bend unless some steam or wet wood bending process in applied or the laminating process? This I slightly more realistic version of how mine may look al though the photo isn’t broad

Thanks again
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Post by ayjay » Sat May 23, 2020 4:58 pm

Might one of the composite products work?

I don't know: just putting it forward as a suggestion, but 10mm soffit board will definitely take a bend like that quite easily.
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