80 Foot Redwood Fence

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Project by Napaman posted 07-03-2007 05:36 PM 5509 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well…this is really “woodworking” persay…but I was working with wood for 3 days to complete it…and there were some real “victories” for me in the process. As a “newbie” I had never put up a fence. This was a process that started 3 months ago for us, which is why I built the gate in April…and now we completed the rest of the fence.

Our gracious neighbors were willing to hold off on building the rest of the fence so that we could finish school (teachers) and moreimportantly we have begun a major back yard landscaping by ripping everything out. We wanted to hold off on the fence so we could bring a tractor into the back yard through our neighbors driveway…well…we finally got the tractor driver and then he could not get through that way anyways and I had to rip down the gate on the other side of the house anyways.

Ok…so to the fence—-victories: 1) I got to work with someone who had made many fences and I asked him to teach me each step—-he was great… 2) First time I had dug proper post holes. 3) first time mixing cement. 4) first time using my 4 foot level (yay I had that tool) to make sure posts were lined up. 5) Framing the fence was great learning and then boarding the fence.

6) biggest victory is that I feel super confident that I can build another fence and just yesterday the owner on the other side looked interested in me doing part of that fence after he saw what we built.

Ok…now with the backyard demo (we took down two building structures before the tractor came), the tractor ripped out all the dead grass and 4 huge tree roots and the fence done…it is time for some wood working!

**Notice in the 3rd picture the color difference—-the color on the left is from the section we did 3 months ago…so it has aged to a beautiful golden color—-we will now preserve it…(anysuggestions???) and then the new section is pink in color but that will change…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 07-03-2007 05:40 PM

hey hey hey :) That’s quite the list of successes!! Well done.

And now.. you are one of our fence experts!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 07-03-2007 05:42 PM

Good job Matt.

If it was me, I would let the fence color on its own with no preservatives or staining. The redwood should last a long time, as long as it does not warp or get termites. The weather will take care of the coloring soon enough.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 07-03-2007 05:50 PM

Well, it’s wood and you worked up a sweat, therefor woodworking. Great fence. I have to build one pretty soon myself.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 07-03-2007 05:51 PM

By the way, is this your submission for the Garden Project category?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#5 posted 07-03-2007 05:53 PM

Nice job. I don’t quite get the design of your fence with the alternating large sections. Can you elaborate on why you did this and what type of runners did you use? I’ve never seen that pattern on any treated lumber or other lumber before.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 07-03-2007 06:31 PM

No…now that these projects are done…I am planning on a set of Adirondack Chairs, garden benches, trellis, shed, deck area off my workshop…a total GARDEN makeover…with Adirondack chairs first so that I can finally do a project that I repeat…and learn that way…I learned SOOO much repeating the legs on the picnic table i just posted…and that was simple design…so want to do a project that I can repeat some steps…

Os—-this is called a “friendly fence” since I share it with my neighbor…so we alternate the sections…sometimes when one person pays for the whole thing you wont see the “frame” side on their side…we used pressure treater 2×4s for the framing pieces and posts…and the boards are redwood which is very common in this area of Nor Cal…but expensive…

The fence sections are about 8 feet apart…but they do change a bit based on the post holes…the grand son of the neighbors who had put in many fneces stressed we needed to keep the posts straight on exact line, but that the post holes would be “close”...the fence was perfectly straight and all the boards lined up perfectly…but the last section was a bit shorter in the corner…which is probably a good thing in the end because the back fence will now have more support…that one was not re-built…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 07-04-2007 05:40 AM

And now you can truly claim that you have your PHD -Post Hole Digger! LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 07-04-2007 06:27 AM

Well done Matt. Looking forward to seeing some more shopsmith work.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 07-04-2007 06:35 AM

Leave the fence let it age on its own.

Great Job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 07-04-2007 07:29 AM

Matt -

Great looking fence! I love this type of project. I can almost smell the redwood!


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#11 posted 07-04-2007 11:29 AM

We can hardly find redwood in Michigan, you’re lucky. Nice job and good learning experience. Glad you enjoyed it cause thats what woodworking is all about. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 07-04-2007 06:51 PM

Haha, that is a good one Don! PHD….

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#13 posted 07-04-2007 07:40 PM

yep…a PhD is what I always wanteds…and relatively painless when comparing to getting a real phd…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 11-06-2009 08:47 PM

I can’t find redwood like that here in Georgia. At least not for a very reasonable price. Suggestions?

-- Brent -

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