japanese influenced fence, carport, and gate

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Project by amen posted 03-26-2017 04:27 PM 848 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is a fence gate and car cover project that i put together in san diego california. the fence was built over an existing cinder block wall. all of the posts of a prior fence had rotted out. the problem was that the posts they used were smaller than 4”x4” which made for very small holes to work with. rather than chip out concrete i opted for setting steel tubing in the existing holes, cladding stained doug fir to both sides with through bolts. the cool thing that i found about this is once i got the steel posts set and cladding loosly in place, i just needed to set the first (bottom rail board) level, and all the other rails slid into place quickly and painlessly with spacers placed on either side to give a 1/4” gap. when one section was finished i would tighten up through bolts on the one side and move on to the next section. if, in the future, any boards should need to be replaced, all that would be needed would be to loosen up through bolts on either side, slide out boards, replace to bad one, replace the rail members, and tighten up through bolts again. post caps are cast iron and set on top of posts without having to be screwed down.

the gate frame was fabricated out of steel tubing with angle iron in the center where the two sides come together, this allowed the redwood decking members to come together closer in the center. the handles were olive wood clad with steel cut by a plasma cutter designed on a computer (i happened to have a friend that had a metal shop). the handles were mounted against olive. an interesting note about the gate is there were no 90% angles as the drive had a slight slope away from the house, this posed a bit of fabricating difficulty as the frame was fabricated off sight. also top steel frame member of gate had a slight curve.

the car cover was timber framed using 8”x8” posts and 4”x6” roof framing members. cedar 2”x6” toungue and groove was used on the roof.

this project went fairly smoothly and has a distinct japanese feeling in design.

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#1 posted 03-26-2017 06:25 PM

very nice…I will be stealing for my house

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#2 posted 03-26-2017 11:54 PM

That is truly outstanding, I love it.
Thanks for sharing this.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 03-27-2017 02:06 PM

nice fence

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