|Project by gepatino||posted 03-10-2016 11:11 AM||926 views||2 times favorited||2 comments|
There a ton of thing to finish in the house, but one our neighbors will like is having a fence so the dogs are not messing in the whole block (we don’t have much neighborgs yet either… it’s a new neighborhood).
I’ve started from the front. Of course, I didn’t plant the posts, I hire someone to it. It’s cheaper than breaking my back trying to dig, the soil has a lot of stones (you can see one they had to remove to put the third post from the right).
Making the fence was no big deal, just measure, measure again, cut, position, srew, repeat. I was amazed how fast it can be done.
The gate was another thing. It’s the kind of gates we usually use in the country so you can have a couple of mistakes and label it as ‘rustic’, but you have to be very carefull with the measures or you’ll endup with a gate with overlaping doors, or a gap too big.
After carefully measuring and cutting a lot of boards it was the turn to drill the holes for the bolts. I don’t have a press drill, so I had to be extra carefull on matching the holes on each of the three slabs joints. I only had issues in 2 of 16 joints, not that bad to be done with a regular drill.
We usually use a metal latch to keep both doors closed, but I could find one as big as I needed. Most tranqueras use 1×5s or 1×4s. I used 1×6s so it’s biffier than the common ones. I finally realized the latch could be something as simple as a strip of wood fitting between the two vertical parts…. it adds an even more rustic look to the gate.
The wood is roble pellín (Nothofagus obliqua) a local hard wood that stands pretty well the weather. When I took the pictures only the posts had some linseed oil applied, but I was anxious to share the results. Now we applied the first coat of linseed oil to the whole fence and gate and the color is much more darker, a very nice redish brown.
Now I have to make the side fence, but I’ll use cheaper wood for that, probably coihue (Nothofagus dombeyi) which another local hardwood usually used to make docks, bridges, etc, so it should stand the weather even better than the pellín.