We use tons of fence sections for our tables, but they are expensive to buy and pretty tedious to make. After some thought I’ve hit on a pretty quick and inexpensive way to build as many as you need.
What you’ll need- I make mine out of balsa wood, though styrene sticks would also work. For this demonstration I’ve used 1/16 by 3/16 for the fence planks and 1/16 by 3/32 (1mm by 2mm) for the cross bar pieces. The vertical posts are 1/8 by 1/8. You could certainly use other sizes/dimensions, whatever looks appropriate to your eye. These are intended for 28mm figures.
For the base the fence will be sitting on I used these tongue depressor type pieces bought from Hobby Lobby. It’s important to use all one type of material, as wood fence pieces will bind to a wood base much faster than they would to a plastic (or whatever) base. I also use Elmer’s wood glue as opposed to plain white glue, as it provides a much stronger bond.
If you do any scratch building at all you would be doing yourself an enormous favor by picking one of these up. You can quickly cut balsa wood, styrene strips, etc. with lightning speed and by using the adjustable metal stop shown on the upper left every piece will be precisely the same size as every other size. I got mine online a few years ago for about $35 if I remember correctly. Aside from an airbrush this is the most handy hobby related tool I’ve ever used.
First, cutting all of the planks-
Next step is taping two 36 inch strips of the cross bar down to the glass table top. Glass is ideal for this, as any glue that overflows from the wood won’t stick as much as other surfaces would.
Apply glue to the cross pieces and then start applying planks. With wood glue, it’s not a good idea to go out more than 10-12 inches at at time as the glue will start to dry too soon.
After several minutes, you end up with 3 feet of this.
Cut into sections appropriate for the base size, and then glue 3 vertical posts to each section.
Glue the posts to the base and you are done. Once the glue sets up, these sections are very sturdy.
Although these are ready for painting and flocking, I like to add an extra step. As these are pretty lightweight, I add pennies to the base for heft. We play our games on teddy bear fur mats, and the extra weight helps keep them upright
The above took me about 20-25 minutes, and is easy to do while you’re just sitting there watching TV or listening to music.
Six feet of fence in about 45 minutes at a cost of about 5-6 dollars, or approximately $1 a foot. I’ve seen commercially available wood fences going for $1 an inch, so essentially investing an hour of time can save you $50 or more.
Ready for the Battlefield!