Get started by nailing 1×4 cedar boards into the insides of the articles (Photo 5).Don’t nail greater than 6 ft. Otherwise you will hit the claws with the saw blade when cutting the articles to height.
Over the post bases and hold the 2×6 bottom rails even with the marks and scribe lines using the articles as the guide (Photo 6).The bottom rails follow the slope of the lawn, so this establishes the specific cutoff angles.
There is no magic number for height unless you’ve got a perfectly flat lawn. We tried for an average height of 6 ft., but some regions were less, some more, due to the contours of the lawn. Between each pair of articles, use a 4-ft. Level and board to indicate each post. Step panels up or down to accommodate grade changes and maintain the height about 6 ft. If you are unsure, tack boards into the shirts of each pair to mimic the panel heights before settling on final heights.
Use a knot-free 1×2 as a guide to make a smooth curve and then cut it using a jigsaw. (If you have more than 1 panel width, make different patterns.) Then draw the curves on each one the best railing 1x8s and cut them out. Center the railings between the articles even with the top design marks and then scribe and cut both sets (front and rear) to span for each panel (Photo 9).
Screw 12-in. Long 1×2 cleats just a bit below the design marks with three 3-in. Deck screws (drill pilot holes to prevent splitting).
Cut a 1×6 panel board to span, center it in the panel and tack it into place using a few 1-1/2 in. Galvanized finish nails at each end (Photo 11).Be sure to angle the nails when forcing them the hints may project through the opposite side. When you have pushed from the first fence board, check the other hand to be certain that you’re angling them enough. Then cut and tack the remaining boards into position using a carpenter’s pencil as a spacer and alternating 1x4s and 1x6s. (We also alternated smooth and rough sides so the fence would appear identical on either side.) Most likely you will need to tear the end boards of each panel to width.