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Project by amen posted 03-21-2017 04:24 AM 413 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i made these post caps out of figured old growth redwood. i made 13 in all (12 were needed for the project and 1 extra), and it took about 13 hrs total. they are finished in linseed oil cut with mineral spirits. the fence is made of old growth redwood as well.





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#1 posted 03-21-2017 11:07 AM

Gorgeous!

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#2 posted 03-21-2017 11:25 AM

Very nice!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#3 posted 03-21-2017 02:09 PM

I had no idea that redwood could be so beautiful! Pretty hard to get here and pretty boring to look at as well! Do you buy direct from a logger or is there an online source for some of that old growth wood?
Thanks for sharing your pictures!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#4 posted 03-21-2017 02:20 PM

looks great

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#5 posted 03-21-2017 03:47 PM

thats a beautiful fence.that old growth redwood has the most gorgeous grain and color and some pretty hefty prices to match,thats probably why theres not much left sadly.you do some nice work,looking forward to seeing more of you.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 03-21-2017 05:50 PM

Remarkably beautiful!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 03-21-2017 06:07 PM

Very attractive.
However the sun and rain in your climate is going to quickly render it gray and the brilliance of the figuring will be lost. Linseed oil does not preserve the color very well however you could seal them with a marine varnish or varathane but that would need reapplication every few years (2-4 would be my estimate). However they would then not match the weather color the fence will also take on.
The beauty of that figured wood would be better on an inside application.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 03-21-2017 07:48 PM

That would set your house apart from others. I replaced the crappy sliding door handles on my sliders with rose wood . Who else will have figured red wood post caps?! I’d like to get some redwood. but I’m in fla. any ideas to source it? btw v. nice work.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 03-21-2017 08:00 PM

This is absolutely beautiful – both the cap and the wood the cap is made from.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 03-22-2017 12:07 AM

So unique. These are a great accent to any fence. Super idea.

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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amen

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#11 posted 03-22-2017 01:49 AM



I had no idea that redwood could be so beautiful! Pretty hard to get here and pretty boring to look at as well! Do you buy direct from a logger or is there an online source for some of that old growth wood?
Thanks for sharing your pictures!

- mikeacg


mike i don’t know of any site online to get old growth redwood but i’m sure it’s available somewhere for a pretty good price.
i get it from the local mills in the area. clear milled old growth can run up to $8 a board ft even locally, with my connections i can pick it up for about half that and then if i want to highgrade seconds (which i used on this fence), i can get it for about $2 a board ft. the beautiful figured slabs that are available around here run from $6-$8 a board ft.
if your ever in this area, i would be happy to help you get what you need for a good price.

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amen

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#12 posted 03-22-2017 01:55 AM



That would set your house apart from others. I replaced the crappy sliding door handles on my sliders with rose wood . Who else will have figured red wood post caps?! I d like to get some redwood. but I m in fla. any ideas to source it? btw v. nice work.

- Peteybadboy


petey, shipping costs would be expensive for any larger pieces but for smaller pieces for handles and such would be affordable to ship. there are folks that come out here from back east, fill up u-haul trailers and drive back with them so i guess it is cost effective if you were going to transport it yourself. i have allot of small pieces as i am a turner and there are lots of cut offs that are too small for me to do anything with. let me know, i could send you some pictures of some real nice figured redwood.

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amen

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#13 posted 03-22-2017 01:58 AM

thanks to all for your generous support. Les b, i agree with you in that the redwood will silver grey in the sunlight over time but what i have found in most cases is the figure is usually still visable through the patina.

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#14 posted 03-22-2017 01:14 PM

Wow very nice love the fence

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