Fence and gate (tranquera)

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Project by gepatino posted 03-10-2016 11:11 AM 869 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.


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#1 posted 03-10-2016 01:44 PM

Espectacular!! Que lindo trabajo que hiciste amigo!
Creo que es un gran trabajo por todo el movimiento de maderas, hacer los agujeros y demas medidas. Ademas imagino que tuviste ayuda para el momento de colocar las cosas.
Como uniste las tablas a los postes? Todo con tornillo pasante?
Nunca habia escuchado del roble pellin, interesante.
Aqui en las construcciones de corrales y portones sencillamente usamos aceite de motor descartado, queda negro pero da buen resultado por la humedad.
Un abrazo.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#2 posted 03-10-2016 04:07 PM

Cada hoja de la tranquera pesa por lo menos 30kgs asi que necesite algo de ayuda para medir donde van los agujeros para las bisagras. Lo mismo con las tablas del cerco, una manito exta para nivelarlos, despues los sujetamos con unos sargentos mientras las atornillaba.

Las tablas del cerco estan atornilladas con tornillos de 7cm mas o menos. Nada complicado. Por lo que vi por aca muchos usan clavos directamente, pero desconfie de los clavos porque la madera no estaba para nada seca asi que los tornillos deberian tenerla un poco mas firme.

Me habian comentado lo del aceite de motor usado, capaz que lo use para el costado, pero el frente queda mas lindo natural (y por eso compre pellin que es un poco mas vistosa por el color)


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