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  • Post and Rail Fencing - How much Does it Cost?

    How much does post and rail fencing cost?

    Post and rail fencing is a beautiful option for any style of landscape, and can be tailored to suit almost any budget. At The Wood Project, we salvage logs to create timber products for homes and businesses across the Mornington Peninsula and beyond. First impressions count. Whether you’re looking to sell your property, add value or want to create that head-turning first impression, post and rail fencing is an option worth considering.

    Our pre-morticed post and rail fencing kits are an easy and affordable option for any budget – so how much does it actually cost?

    The good news is you have options, depending on the desired look and purpose for your fence. Do you need two or three rails? After the chunky post look or something different. When you purchase with us, you have a few choices! 

    The 150×200 intermediate posts are our standard, or go for 200×200 and make a real statement. If you’re fencing a large area the 150×150 intermediate posts are a great option; very economical without compromising on appearance or quality.

    Below are our price points – they are based on 60m of straight fencing with one end post at either end.

    (Note the price excl. gst)

    It’s easy to get a quote for your own post and rail fencing kit. Fill in the form and you’re half way there!


    Here are a few common questions we get asked about post and rail fencing:

    How far apart should post and rail fencing be?

    Typically, we suggest 2.4m. This is not only aesthetically pleasing but also the optimum length to prevent rails from sagging over time.

    How high is a post & rail fence? 

    The height of your fence will differ depending on whether you opt for two or three rails. We generally supply our posts at 2 metres for 3 rail, this allows 650mm in ground and 1350mm out of ground, height of top rail 1200mm. Gate posts will need to be 2.4m, to allow extra in-ground depth. 

    For a 2 rail fence, we supply posts at 1.8 metres, this allows for the posts to be in ground 600mm and exposed above ground 1200mm, height of top rail 1050mm. Gate posts will need to be 2.2m. 

    We can customise posts to suit any height. 

    How deep should a fence post be dug into the ground?

    As a guide, we suggest 600mm in ground and 1m for gate posts – further info above. 

    Our tip: bitumen paint the in-ground section of the post, this will prevent the post rotting. Most importantly, be sure to paint 1 inch above ground level, this is the area water will commonly sit before draining into the ground, so make sure this area of the post is also protected against water rot. 

    How long do timber fences last? 

    There are many factors that will impact the life of your post and rail fencing; here’s what we can tell you about ours!

    Our post and rail fences are made from cypress macrocarpa, it is the most naturally durable softwood available, and is resistant to insect and borer attack in sawn form. It is rated class 3 in ground which means that a 50×50 stake will last 5-7 years, larger sections will last much longer (this is why we do not supply posts under 150 x 150 in size). 

    Remember the tip above, apply bitumen paint to all in-ground portions of the post and 1 inch out of the ground, most posts rot at ground level due to people not applying that extra inch! 

    Our tip: For extra durability we recommend finishing your fence with a product called Cutek CD50. Make sure all end grain (ends of rails after cutting) and tops of posts are coated. This not only looks great, but it is a great way to ensure the longevity of your feature fence. You can also add pigment to this paint; some of our customers have done this, the results are fantastic.


    A post and rail fence by The Wood Project, completed with CutekCD50 and a white tint.

    An example of post and rail fencing, see prices above

    A post and rail fence featuring by The Wood Project, completed with CutekCD50 and a black tint.

    Why don’t you use Queensland cypress? 

    Simple! We only use salvaged logs. Our post and rail fencing kits are 100% sustainable, we never source timber from forestry. We don’t need to ship Queensland cypress down to Melbourne when we have cypress macrocarpa being taken down and chipped daily.

    At The Wood Project we care deeply about our environment. We have our own crane truck and work with arborists throughout Melbourne – predominately on the Mornington Peninsula – to make sure we recycle as many logs as we can. 

    When you buy a post and rail fence kit from us you can have the peace of mind that you aren’t doing any damage to the environment. Your fence will be 100% sustainable. 

    Some of the cypress logs we salvage are milled from trees that are 100 years old, taken down from farms etc. Each fence has it’s own history, and never involves forestry logging. For the environmentally conscious, using our timber is a great option. 

    Do you do 4 rail fences? 

    We do! Fill out the post and rail form and put in your specific requirements, we mill to order.

    How long will it take to get my pre-mortised post and rail fence?

     Once you have accepted the quote, we issue you with a tax invoice and require a 50% deposit (all our bank details are on the invoice). Once we receive the deposit, your order is added to our mill sheet. We then anticipate it should be ready to be picked up from our yard (1947 Frankston-Flinders Rd Hastings) in 6-8 weeks. 

    *(based on 60m of straight fencing, excluding GST) 

    If you have any question please send us an email or give us a call!

    • Note: Post spans are 2.4m
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