Mason Bee Woodcraft, LLC

Portland, OR

About this pro

How does your service stand out?

What sets my work apart from other fence companies: - I do not use any nails or metal brackets to build my fences. I only use high quality deck screws. They look better and last much longer than nails. Most of the failures I see with fences is due to metal rail hangers pulling away from the posts. I use a minimum of two 3 1/2 inch deck screws pocket-screwed from each rail to post and then I hide the pocket with the end fence pickets. The result is superior strength and a clean, hidden connection. For pickets, I use 2 deck screws per rail connection all in a beautiful straight line. - I bury the posts at a minimum of 1/3 the total length in hard pack earth and concrete. I then taper the top of the concrete away from the posts to shed water. Making sure the top of the concrete taper is above the soil line and that there is a taper all around the post will keep them from rotting and failing right at the soil line. - If at all possible, I will never raise the final price of the project from the agreed upon bid price. Some contractors may give you a great bid in order to get your business but then find things to keep raising the price throughout the project. This has happened to me as a home owner and I absolutely hate it.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The thing I like most about my job is knowing that the products I build are up to my high standards and attention to detail. Because I am a one man company, I can take the time to do things right and not worry about an employee just wanting to get through the day and cutting corners.
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Location

Portland, OR 97202

Background check

Complete

Years in business

4

Times hired on Thumbtack

9

Reviews

9 Reviews
  • Jeff K. Oct 16, 2014
    Fence and Gate Installation
    Verified Review
    Morgan is very professional. He is on time, on budget and communicates effectively.
  • Susan Q. Apr 19, 2014
    Fence and Gate Repairs
    Verified Review
    Morgan fixed a few posts on our fence. The fence looks great, he left the area clean, and it was completed when he said it would be. His price was fair, and he was very helpful with suggestions and answering questions that I had.
  • Corinne R. Apr 5, 2014
    Fence and Gate Installation
    Verified Review
    Working with Morgan was so easy, and the fence he installed is beautiful. We got three bids for our fence project, one from a big box store, one from a larger company specializing in budget fences, and Mason Bee. All three bids were close to the same price, but the first two you had to pick one of their prefab fences. There was no flexibility with style. With Morgan we were able to not only support a family business directly, but were rewarded with an extremely high-quality specialty product. Our fence is NOT pre-fab, and it shows! His meticulous attention to detail is evident in our curved gate and perfectly spaced pickets. He is such a nice man as well that when the wind knocked down the neighbors fence he helped them put it back up, and another neighbor hired him the same afternoon he finished our fence! There is no way to overpraise Morgan and his work. I am looking forward to enjoying our fence for years to come.
  • Cris D. Feb 1, 2014
    Fence and Gate Repairs
    Verified Review
    Morgan did an excellent job repairing my fence. He clearly defined the work he was going to do during his initial visit and those expectations were met with the job he performed.He was on time and was conscientious about not leaving behind any debris.The work was done to my satisfaction. I highly recommend Morgan to anyone in need of fence repair.
  • Nicole W. Jan 22, 2014
    Fence and Gate Repairs
    Verified Review
    On his second day on the job Morgan just finished stabilizing, repairing and redesigning my front gate. His work far exceeded any other quotes. He thought the problems through completely and a couple of his solutions would have meant more time and labour for him but he refused to consider charging me more than what he initially quoted. Morgan is quiet, low key and terrifically easy to get along with. Whether it is work in his venue or not, in the future, I will always check with him first to see if he can help. I now have a beautiful arched gate that swings and snaps shut consistently. His designs are exemplary.
  • Jennifer R. Jan 3, 2014
    Fence and Gate Repairs
    Verified Review
    Morgan did an exceptional job replacing a downed fence. His attention to detail and craftsmanship was apparent throughout the project. The fence is beautiful. His rates are very reasonable. He's prompt, and does a great job of setting expectations up front with regards to how long the job will take, and when he plans to work. Highly recommend.
  • Jane E. Dec 9, 2013
    Fence and Gate Repairs
    Verified Review
    Pleased with new fence gate...
  • Mary B. Dec 4, 2013
    Fence and Gate Repairs
    Verified Review
    Morgan responded to our problem immediately, he came and assessed within 24 hours, he scheduled, meanwhile he purchased materials and pre stained the lumber he purchased, he completed the work despite the weather, and the work looks fantastic. He was easy, quick, thorough, and competent. We will use him again.
  • David B. Nov 28, 2013
    Fence and Gate Repairs
    Verified Review
    I highly recommend Mason Bee Woodcraft. Morgan repaired / replaced a rotten fence post attached to a gate in our high traffic yard area that needed a repair in short order. Morgan was quick to respond, listened to my concerns and needs and performed quality professional service at a very reasonable price. He was very prompt and timely and worked with our schedule. I plan on recommending Mason Bee Woodcraft to others and will consider him for my future repair projects.

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have always crafted things. I used to weld high end, custom bicycle frames and have always been a woodworker. Whenever I see a fence, I am drawn to it. I have always wanted to make fences and make them better. I see so many broken down fences that could still be functional if they were only built better in the first place. I also get a lot of satisfaction from removing a rotten old fence and putting a gorgeous new one in it's place. Making sure that all of the things the old one was lacking are built into the new one.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Fence and gate replacements. I do some repairs but I find that fences tend to wear out pretty evenly. The whole fence was built by the same company in the same soil with the same materials so, if part of it fails, the rest is not far behind.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I replaced a fence that was built around new trees that had since matured and grown a lot. The fence line was no longer able to avoid them. The client was more than willing to pay extra in order to avoid hurting these trees so I made custom supports for the fence and incorporated the trees into it. The trees now have room to grow without taking the new fence down in the process.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask how likely it is that the bid will match the final invoice. As a home owner, I have hired contractors to do work and more times than not, the price just keeps increasing as the job goes on. I don't do that and I think this is a sketchy way to get business and take advantage of people.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That I sweat the details. I can't help it. I will loose sleep if things aren't done to my high standards. I truly treat each project as though it was in my own yard and I want it to last as long as possible. Big fence companies with lots of employees might get the job done faster than I but they have no way of knowing if employees are cutting corners or not taking pride in their work until a customer complains about something.