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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Lee Valley Tools, Limited; Reprint edition (1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0921335628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0921335627
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,669,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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58 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Beau Thurnauer on March 24, 2000
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We do a lot of family stuff. We read together, hike, vacation; we even eat our meals together. But being a close emotional foursome [mom, dad, son age 12 and daughter age 10] we are always looking for a new way to share our time.
Pick up this book and pick a project. We started with a new gate to the pool but decided it was too easy. What is great about this book is that it not only gives great construction guidelines it is a building block (no pun intended) to other projects.
We finally decided to build a bridge across Ash Brook which passes through our property about 100 yards behind the house. At first we thought we could span 30 feet, but later decided 15 was a better idea. Well, the bridge in the book and our final product did not resemble each other. Who cares. The basics were supplied and we went our own way.
Great ideas and pictures. Use it as a guide or a technical manual. It doesn't matter. Everything works.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Great Mama on November 16, 2008
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We always need some type of enclosure on our organic dairy farm but didn't always have the skills needed to build or fix the necessary items. This book has been invaluable, at least for ideas. Our carpentry skills are improving. Would be very helpful no matter where you live
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Martin on December 28, 2012
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Agree with previous review that the best part of the book is the diagrams, none of which aren't available elsewhere. All instructions are provided as if you're building your fence with rudimentary tools or splitting/milling the wood yourself. I found some irony in that since it's available in Kindle version.

It gives very extensive descriptions of various fencing needed depending on the type of animal(s) you're building them for. It does not get detailed in the best way to plan and design a fence based on your particular property, specific terrain and its obstacles, which is one element I'm very interested in.

I think the following excerpt exemplifies the content best: "Two men and a steady yoke of oxen can extract fence posts very quickly and easily by this method. A good steady team of horses will do quite as well as oxen." Also included are instructions on how to build your wooden maul for driving the fence posts into the ground, using the trunk of an elm tree (assuming everyone has one of these in their yard).

This book is great if you want ideas to build a rustic or rudimentary style fence, and if you want to make the best use of your axe, wooden mauls, and oxen. Not the best book for your average homeowner. I get the impression this was written by someone of elder age who has spent their lifetime building and learning all of these things by trial and error and by hand, to which I give this person the utmost respect. It's just not for more urban homeowners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michael egan on August 26, 2014
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This book was first published in 1887. I have read it twice so far and found that if I slow down rather than quickly browse and flip through pages I gained much more. It's one of my favorites, especially for fences and gates. The bridge section is small and not as informative but adequate. Lots of info on wire fencing, wooden fencing, gates without hinges, lots of history and good, sound advice. (Nothing on chain link!) There is also a good chapter on hedges. Good line drawings although some of the tiny letters denoting parts of the structures were hard to see. If you have a few acres or more and value the old ways you'll probably like this book and continue referring back to it as you build your own gates.
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It looks like a good book with basic information. I have purchased three books of the same information and instruction, I will compare all three and glean the collective information. I do not understand why books put in pencil sketches verses photographs? Ask me again in four years to see if I praise the book or if I threw it done a post hole.
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Good book. An old classic, but many of the ideas are still useful. Goes to show that 'simple' may have long legs - 'glitzy' follows fad and disappears. Highly recommend this for people serious about practical ideas on a farm / homestead.
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really not for today's world more of a look at older type fences. Feed lot and stream stops. I feel was a waste of money and time reading it. Not one colored picture and the pictures it does have you can hardly see.
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By Matthew Wilhauk on July 12, 2013
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The writing was a little dry. Reads more like a textbook. However, it's a must for anyone wanting a one stop resource for information about fences etc.
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