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Split rail fence. Split rail fence manufacturers.

A split-rail fence is a type of fence constructed out of timber logs, usually split lengthwise into "rails" and typically used for agricultural or decorative landscape applications. A good example is shown below where cedar split rails provide a nice accent to a flower bed and driveway entrance. This particular fence section was put up more than 40 years ago and has never been treated with a water repellent sealer.
Split rail fences were made of easy to split, rot resistant wood. Traditionally American chestnut and cedar were the trees of choice because their wood is straight-grained, strong, and easy to saw and split.
Whether chestnut or cedar, these logs were cut to a length of 10 to 12 feet (3.7 m) and split down the length of the log. Each half was then split into quarters, then eighths and so on until the rails were of a usable size. Depending on the diameter of the log, you could get 4 rails from an 8-inch (200 mm) log to over a dozen from larger logs.

Currently, most split rails are made from Western Red or Northern White Cedar logs. There are scores of manufacturers for split rail fencing.





Cedar split rail fence in urban setting
Even though they all use the same type of trees to produce rails and posts, their products often differs greatly in style and sizes available. Just check the internet to find a local manufacturer of split rail fences. Finding one close by will save on transportation costs.
No maintenance is required because the natural oils and anti-fungal properties of the cedar make it rot and split resistant.

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