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Project by Gary posted 07-07-2018 05:48 PM 1754 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Flew to northern San Diego county to visit my daughter, son-in-law and grandson for a week vacation.
Before flying out, Jenn called me for advice about fencing their front yard for their new house.
Roughly 300’ linear feet and getting quotes for $10K.
I asked if she would be interested in us building the fence.
Instead of cedar boards, I recommended doing the sides with wire and top board and the front in 5-board.
We’re close to having all the primary work done.
Yesterday was 108 degrees here and I built one side of the two driveway gates.
The boards are Red Mangaris.
The gate will get three more horizontal Mangaris boards to match the fence.
Sucker is heavy.
We have to build the matching gate and a smaller walk-through.
I’m hoping this will last them 25-30 years.

-- Gary, Florida

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#1 posted 07-07-2018 06:37 PM

Nice looking fence, and that does look like a lot of work.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 07-07-2018 07:53 PM

You Sir are a good Father. 10K for 300’ of fence is outrageous, but that real estate is on the expensive side, so I imagine they have many who don’t even question it.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 07-07-2018 08:28 PM

had to google red mangaris and still don’t know what it is but it SURE is attractive lumber as is your fence project

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 07-07-2018 09:04 PM

your one dedicated dad to work in that heat on your vacation but i guess thats what us dads do for our kids huh.i noticed no angle bracing on your gate,your not worried about it sagging over time?.you did a great job looks beautiful.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 07-07-2018 09:14 PM

I’m the same way, visit family, I get a list of chores todo. You took on a big one. Will help my sister remodel their home in the near future. Good work. I will also look up red mangaris, looks a lot like ipe, which I build a deck out of. I still have a few boards that I use as accent pieces for boxes I make. Are ipe and mangaris the same?

-- Petey

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#6 posted 07-07-2018 09:46 PM

had to google red mangaris and still don t know what it is but it SURE is attractive lumber as is your fence project

- recycle1943

Same here, best I got was many saying it’s red Balau, which is a cheap cousin to Phillipine Mahogany. A lot of use in decking, as in outdoor, so if that is correct it’s well placed as a fence material. Google it as Red Balau decking and you will get tons of info, if in fact it is the same thing. I found no listing at Wood Database, and or Hobbit House for Red Mangaris, nor did either of them refer to Mangaris on Balau, or Mahogany, so who knows? Hope it lasts a long time.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 07-07-2018 09:55 PM

Hi y’all,
Taking a heat break working on the other gate.
Thanks for the compliments.
We sank about 64 posts; 2 had to be drilled into rock. To say it’s been hard isn’t telling all ;-}

Red Mangaris is a trade name for Red Balau—which doesn’t help much unless you build lots of decking.
It’s a hard, straight grained lumber from Southeast Asia and is similar to IPE albeit less expensive.
Some of it looks like ribbon grained Mahogany.
I can’t wait to see it with the finish on the fence.

-- Gary, Florida

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#8 posted 07-08-2018 02:05 AM

Nice work, and you are putting in time with the heat. = Not fun… LOL

This is why I do not visit relatives, = work.


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 07-08-2018 03:08 PM

I know nothing of your wood; but, unfortunately have been familiar with too many miles of wire fence.

Nice looking fence.

That gate can get a cheap H-F air up tire and wheel attached at the swing/slide edge to make it lot easier to open and close. You can make a cradle that is not even attached, (Clamped by material over the top of the bottom board- holding it in place) Some T % E engineering—) just sits under and supports some of the gate weight. With 2 wheels and all of the hardware most likely under $20. Lots of farm/ranch gates use some sort of wheel system to ease use.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#10 posted 07-08-2018 03:30 PM

Nice work! Congratulations!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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