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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:40 pm 
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Greetings to all…

Yes, I know…it’s not cardboard…it’s wood and metal…but it’s definitely Christmas…

It's yet another project that has been on my unending list of things to make…my version of a vintage “bobby pin fence“…this interpretation borrowed details from several internet images…owing to the small size of my version, I have not included a gate…

The pictures that follow and pattern PDF show and tell the story of how the pieces are made and assembled…

Notes…very small screw eyes could be substituted for the shortened cotter pins…perhaps there are small, short threaded shaft “L hooks” that could be used in place of bent clothes hanger wire…I have seen what are know as “landscape fabric staples” in hardware stores and the big box home centers that might be substituted for the bent clothes hanger fence parts…but you’ll probably have to adjust the spacing of the holes in the rails…the rails could also be made from 3/8” x 3/8” square lengths of molding or craft wood…don’t use balsa wood…it’s not sturdy enough…

I used a Dremel(R) motor tool to drill all the holes…Gorilla(R) Super Glue was used to assemble this project…a two part epoxy cement would also work…

I plan to spray with a couple of coats of gray primer followed by red for the corner posts and green for the fence sections…it’s just a little too chilly here in north Florida this week for spray painting…

Stay tuned to see how this project turns out…

My very best regards…

Howard…


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:18 pm 
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Howard this is an AWESOME project!! I love it and can't wait to see the finished pix. I will be attempting one of these for sure, although bending the coat hangers so precisely is not my strong suit. Nice job!! Barb


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So, Lowes has a 10-pack of "Drip Irrigation Micro Pins" for $1.97 that look perfect for this project, in case anyone else is challenged by bending wire for the fence.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:01 pm 
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Barb...

Looks like you found them...guess I got the description wrong...not landscape fabric staples...but drip irrigation pins...

Just in case anyone is interested...here's my "low tech" bending jig...a C clamp held in a vice...the rounded part is about 3/4" in diameter...the wire springs back to about 1" after bending...i used pliers to squeeze and adjust the bend to be about 1" wide...I know the radius of the bends are not perfect...but that's OK...I don't want the finished project to look factory fresh and perfect anyway...

Howard...


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Wow! What creativity and an interesting project for those of us in cold weather to attempt to help with our sanity!

John


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:06 am 
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I wonder if the HAPPY JIG tool would be useful here for bending the wire.


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Update...1-14-2021...

It's beginning to look more and more like a bobby pin fence for a feather tree now that all the parts are assembled...

Howard...


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This is wonderful and quite authentic looking.


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Another option for a "smaller" fence might be the large paper clips---cut appropriately https://www.walmart.com/ip/Officemate-P ... t/19514932


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Here's a link to the drip irrigation pins mentioned above https://www.lowes.com/pd/Orbit-10-Pack- ... lsrc=aw.ds


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