Daughter wants me to build a traditional painted picket fence around
the front of her house in Eugene. Here in Arkansas I have used clear
pine for pickets on the one fence I build several years ago. Price vs
quality what's the best wood to use in OR? Of course price matters but
I want a sturdy long lasting fence. Might not mind a few small tight
knots that could be sealed. Pretty unaquainted with lumber or lumber
prices in that area. Going to need between 150 to 200 pickets 3 feet
long. Suggestions appreciated Mike
On Tue, 20 Dec 2005 20:27:23 -0800, with neither quill nor qualm,
Right, heart redwood, followed by red cedar (also locally available),
or imported cypress. The red cedar would be my choice since I don't
have the deep pockets required for heart redwood.
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Also check out treated wood for price comparison. Redwood is best, but
a real budget buster. I put up 240' ft. of fence 4 years ago, but left
it natural. It takes a coat of clear sealer every two years for
maintenance. Properly sealed & exterior latex will probably last
If you are going to paint the fence, the cheapest may be SPF (probably
doug fir). Also be sure to mount the posts on galv steel mounts set in
concrete. Nothing should be in contact with standing water or soil.
Mike.. In California, the #1 choice for most fencing is redwood..
Since we get most of our redwood from Oregon, I'd think it's the same there..
OTOH, if she really has her heart set on painting it, (most folks in my area
stain redwood fences), You could use any construction grade fir I'd guess..
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Thanks for the suggestions so far. Since it would be painted, I was
actually thinking along the lines of a construction type wood
relatively free of knots. Just not sure what to specify at the local
If you walk into a left coast lumber yard with a list that contains
stuff like tubafors, forbafors, slats, and the like, you'll probably get
doug fir. If you want redwood, cedar, or whatever, you need to specify
it. If you want maple or even pine, lotsa luck. That's special order
stuff unless you are in a hardwood lumber store.
Actually, you're probably gonna get that crap the big orange box calls
hem-fir... which is almost always soaking wet, twisted hemlock. You
gotta work to get doug-fir.
Redwood is uncommon in Oregon, but cedar is easy to get anywhere you
go. And most of the cedar fences in my area are left unfinished, and
weather to a silver-gray.
Mike.. I'd just go to a lumber yard (they have real ones up there) and ask one
of the folks for suggestions... you're not going to buy it at home and bring it
with you, anyway...
I used to try and find someone at the lumber yard that looked older than me to
ask for advice... now that not many folks look older than me, I settle for
someone who looks knowledgeable.. *g*
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MIKES bargain barn on HW 99 has some wood that would work for the
pickets, or there is a redwood outlet on west 11th if you wanted to use
that. If you like I can check out MIKE's next week when I go over that way.
Richard, I would certainly like to know what Mike's has and prices If
it's not too much trouble. Don't go out of your way as I'm not sure
when this project will get started. Might be months and I can always
send my daughter over to ask around now that I know about it. Turns
out Mike's bargain center isn't far from her house which is on Monroe
down by Butte Park and the rose gardens. Gotta love mapquest. Do you
know if the redwood outlet have a web site? You have some nice
pictures and good looking work in your gallery. Nice boxes and
carvings and a good planer bed idea.
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