To keep you from thinking I only make nice looking things, I thought I would show a few things around the farm here that serve there purpose but can’t be mistaken for being pretty. It will also show you that I can cobble things together with the best of them.
About 30 years ago I made part of my goat barn completely out of pallets (walls and roof). I made stalls out of scrap wood also; I used small skids for the gates. I drilled holes for the nails to be used as hinge pins and used the bottom boards as the hinge. 30 years latter I am still using that hinge a couple times a day. It doesn’t have to be fancy for a goat. Here are two of the gates,
Three bottom boards;
And four bottom boards;
It has always kind of surprised me that they have lasted so long.
This past summer I redone a small enclosure to put the few sheep we have into at night. With the old setup the gate swung 90° back against a building I could hook it to, but now it had to swing 180° back against the fence to hook. I needed a hook to hold the sheep gate open when I let them out in the morning. And I needed to be able to stand in the opening when I shut it so if the sheep got spooked they maybe couldn’t run out the opening before I got the gate shut. I wanted it to be fast and easy to hook and release so I came up with this and it fits the bill. If I were to make it over I would make the bottom slot for the swivel about an inch further back toward the tail end, but it works fine as it is so it will stay. I made it out of Hedge (Osage Orange, Bois D’Arc, Bo dock, Bow wood) so it will outlast me out in the weather. (I keep a supply of hedge around that I have slabbed up with a chain saw. I use it for my jigs and things like this, not for my pieces as it changes color to much and to fast.)
I can just push the gate open and it catches it fine. It is placed close to the hinge side of the gate so I have no trouble standing in the opening and reaching it to release the gate.
Thank you for looking,
-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.