Hog wire deck railing is a great addition to consider for your patio. While it actually works as the border, it ensures safety of your patio area. Patio with decking is a dangerous place for kids, and this railing will help a lot. More than that, if you get to find the fine finished one, this railing is going to add some flair on your patio.
While buying the whole set is now possible, building hog wire deck railing yourself and having it well installed on your patio deck will be a certain satisfaction. If you are into this kind of project, or if you are on budget, this plan should work well for you.
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- Pressured treated wood in size 4×4, 2×4, and 2×2
- Hog wire panel in size 4×4
- Flat head screws in size 9×3
- Trim head screws in size 9×2
- Carpenter pencil
- Sharpie and cutter for bolts
- Speed square
- Measuring tape
- Countersink bits in size T-21 and T-25
- Impact driver and drill
- Miter saw
- Table saw with dado blade
Steps to Make Hog Wire Deck Railing
1. Draw the Sketch
All carpentry projects need the visualization of the target to achieve. So, you need to draw a sketch on how the railing should look like in the end. This simple step contributes a lot in defining the other plans and designs, allowing you to get the right measurement and all other related information that you will need later.
2. Cut Channel on the 2×2
The 2×2 pieces will be used to set your panel right. In order to do this, you need to cut a channel on the 2×2 piece using the dado blade. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to cut a channel from the center of the piece.
This piece size is actually 1.5 inches and you only need to set 0.75 inches of it right on the outside of the blade. You need a half inch height for this cut too. So when you get this measurement while you lay the piece on the table, you are ready to cut.
3. Cutting the 2×2 in Size
Understanding that your railing will be attached to your patio deck, you can start the measurement here. In this picture, the railing will be 40 inches. With each gap on the right and left is 3 inches and 1.5 inches of each 2×2 piece pole, the wire frame length will be 31 inches.
The 4×4 posts here are around 36 inches tall. With each gap is 3 inches for both the bottom and top and 2×4 piece on the horizontals, the vertical will be exactly 27 inches. You can start cutting on these exact sizes.
4. 2×2 Frame Assembly
When you are done cutting your 2×2 pieces, it is time to assemble them and create a frame. To make it right, you need to make sure your horizontal dado cut runs the opposite of your dado cut on the vertical.
Next, you need to make pilot holes. Use the counterbits and drill to make them, and then use flat head screws (9×3 ones) to secure them tight. This way, your frame won’t split later.
5. Cutting the Hog Wire
Cutting the hog wire on the right size and placing right on the center will create visually perfect railing. In order to do this, you need to measure right. The best recommendation is for you to measure your inner frame and add a half inches for each side.
Then using this measurement, you can cut the hog wire. It should fits the wire right on the center of the frame.
6. Setting in the Hog Wire
To set in the hog wire neatly, you need to pull apart the frames. It isn’t hard to do. Then, set in the wire into the kerfs we created previously using the dado knife. It will fit just well. This also explains why we need to offset the frame before. If you do it right, you will have a perfect set of panel.
7. Create Frame for the Panel
Now that you have a perfect and full hog wire panel, you will realize that it can’t stand right just yet. You will need two pieces of frame on the top and bottom. Use the previous measurement and cut two pieces of the 2×4 to create top and bottom frame.
These frames should help in keeping the panel floating yet steady at the same time. In this project, we cut on 40 inches length. Make sure to use your length.
8. Installing the Frame Bottom
To help secure the position without being too hectic, we cut 3 inches cubes. Place the cubes on the floor against each 4×4 posts of the railing. Then, place the bottom frame on top of the cubes. When it is on the right position, secure it with toe screw on both sides.
9. Installing the Panel
Now move the cubes on top of the bottom frame and press them against the posts on both side. Then, insert your panel in the center.
To secure this position, use the trim head screw in size 9×2. Secure it around an inch of the bottom frame side on the cut we made with dado knife.
10. Installing the Frame Top
Now that the panel is well framed on the bottom, you also need to complete it with a top frame. This time, it is much simpler and you don’t need the cubes anymore.
Simply put the other 2×4 cut piece on top of the panel. Then using the drill, secure the position with screws.
11. Adding the Top Cap
Now with the panel and frame are properly installed, you only need to add the top cap. Get the right measurement first and make adjustment on your material if you need to.
Then place it on top of the railing and secure the position. For this piece, it is suggested to use the 9×3 screws with flat head.