Making Fences

In my opinion fences give a bit of extra detail to your layout.  It can be used to demarcate a business property or just to give the illusion that you want to keep people away from the rail lines.  Till now I was content on using plastic coffee swizzle sticks for the posts of my fences.
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That was before I saw this video from Luke Towan that made me think to try his idea.  Fence Video

So the first problem in making the fences as in Luke’s video is that wire comes in rolls like these.
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That can be easily fixed by cutting the length of wire that you will need to use.  Stick the one end into the chuck of a cordless drill and the other end you can just hold onto with a pair of pliers.
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Slowly spin the wire until it starts to straighten out.  Spinning the wire to fast may break it on the chuck end.  After I have a nice straight piece of wire, I start to cut it into the pieces that I would need for the fence. I used the same measurements as Luke did in his video.  A nice help is to take a piece of wood and make some grooves into it at the appropriate sizes for your fence.  This just helps to keep everything in place when you start to solder the wire.  It also helped me a lot as my soldering skills are not that good.  🙂  A longer piece of wood can be used if you want to make longer stretches of fencing.
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You may need to follow Luke’s tips on soldering here.  Soldering galvanized wire with normal solder just does not work that well.  I got it to work, but I have had a couple of my soldered points that break away if I work to rough with it. After I have the frame of the fence soldered, I use some wire mesh that I had left over from another project.  This is cut to fit the wire frame and I just super glue it into place.
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I opted to keep the tops of my fence straight, but this can also be bent to give you another type of fencing.  The individual wires at the top of the fence was done using some fishing line and super glue.  After everything is assembled, I just gave it a nice coat of silver acrylic paint.

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