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I had 9 pieces of cemetery fence made out of 1/2" PVC and 1x2s and I decided to add to stone work around the fences. I started by cutting off the bottoms of the PVC fences so they would sit flat in a frame I contruced out of 2x4s. I covered 1 side of the 2x4 frames with 1x lumber that I got for a steal. This created a pocket on the other side with I inserted 2" thick foam. Also added finials to the PVC Fence. Turned out like this:



Next was the stone work. I spend 2+ hours carving the 1st one with a dremel and with 8 more to go I decided there had to be a better way. I decided to paint my grout line on with Acetone. The lines are not as nice as the dremel lines but with 108' of fence I can live with it. Here is my hand painting grout lines and the finished panel after I gave it a base coat of gray paint .




Here is a view of the backside of the panels sitting nice while they dry. I am not sure whether to paint or stain the backs of the panels.



Depending on how they turn out, the backside of the panels might actually become the front with the stonework facing into our cemetery.
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I can jockey them around by myself if that makes any sense. Each one is 4' high and 12' long so they are a little on the large side. If I place a handtruck in the center of the panel, I can move it. It's really easier w/ 2 people.
 

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Those look fantastic! Great twist on the traditional fence. Will also afford a bit more security for your display. Can't wait to see it assembled in your yard.
 

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I originally wanted to go with a steel fence that looked like it was embedded in a broken block wall and that ended up being to time consuming. I am pretty happy with what I ended up with.....
It looks great. How high is each panel?
 

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HH, they turned out great looking. How do you intend to keep them upright? Rebar stakes?

Now, tell the truth...You CAN'T WAIT to set 'em up, right?
 

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I decorate my front and back yard. Right now (subject to change) I plan on placing these around the front of my house with my new Horse/Funeral Coach behind them along with a handful of tombstones,4-5 mourners, and an opened grave which I will show pictures of later when I start that build. In the back yard I will have a muchlarger cemetery with a caretakers shed and will use some other fence I have for that.

As far as keeping them upright, I plan on using those green garden stakes with the blade at the bottom. I am going to attach one on each end with screws and drive them in the ground a foot or so. I will paint them a black or gray color to blend. And yes, I am ready to set my stuff up right now!
 

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I'm blown away HH. What a great look. I loved the acetone etching too and the fact that it didn't leave the kind of mess drilling would have. This is just soooo cool. Can't wait to see it set up with moss, etc. and lit at night. I may just use your ideas to do my own fence if I can get my butt in gear in another month or two. Thanks for sharing and inspiring a lot of us. Outstanding job!
 

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WOW great idea about the Acetone for the grout lines. I never would have thought of that. I actually thought, when I 1st saw them, that you might have used a propane torch to make those. Your idea is even better/easier.

Thanks for sharing, learn something everyday
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if your doing a lot of them you might want to invest in a small router like the ryobi ones they sell at home depot. i did 5 full sized wall sections 4 feet wide by 7 feet high and it took just a minute or 2 to route out the grout lines per panel. you can also use one of those 2 dollar spraybottles they sell to spray acetone randomly across the entire thing for an aged effect.
 

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I ended up building 9 of these panels. I have a full sized router, a dremel tool and a rot zip but I still found using acetone for make the grout lines much esier. Now, it you are doing something where you are all about the detais, acetone is not the right choice.
 

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Hey, I was interested in possibly replicating something along these lines. What exactly went into your project and more importantly (in this economy, especially), how much did it all cost?

Thanks, and the walls look terrific!
 

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UNREAL, the amount of attention a Static Prop is getting here! That shows how cool it really is.
For those interested, this guy sells plastic "Skull Whistles" that, once painted, make great finials -

Skull Whistles
 

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Hey, I was interested in possibly replicating something along these lines. What exactly went into your project and more importantly (in this economy, especially), how much did it all cost?

Thanks, and the walls look terrific!
Cost.....difficult to say because I didnt really keep track and some of the materials I already had here and bought at a realy cheap price to begin with. The original fence pieces were made from 1/2" PVC and 1x2x8s and were topped with finials from Kings Metals. I added the 12' long block look wall around them using 2x4s to frame it. I covered the back side of the panels with some 1x12s that I got for 0.50ea. Inside the panels I inserted 2" foam with was a full piece for each panel. The foam is about $25 a sheet. Guessing here, I'd say each panel cost between $35-$40 to redo with the majority of that being the foam.
 

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Homey, I predict that there will be a fair number of knock-offs of this fence popping up around America during the last half of October this year. I am DEFINITELY gonna copy this Bad Boy, what an eye-catcher. Thanks for the inspiration.
 
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