Garden Gate III #1: My First Commission

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Blog entry by newTim posted 11-28-2009 09:43 AM 4391 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well the Garden Gate business has picked up. Actually it had nowhere to go but up as this is my first commission. I won’t have to go very far to deliver it either as it is going in right next door to my Garden Gate II. I thought I’d use part of the long weekend to get a good start on the project. I’ve found that now that I’ve done a couple of them I can really crank one out. And since I just finished the patina panel for the bed last weekend along with twenty or so practice tiles, I should be all set with a full tank of propane and all the chemicals mixed, staged, and ready to go. Still it is a good idea to start with Sketchup. It doesn’t take much time to design and helps visualize the build. You can check out both the Gate I Blog the Gate II Blog Series at these links.

My neighbor’s gate will be to the left of this one.

At 40” it will be about 3” wider than mine but a little shorter. They should balance out okay since her side is a little higher. It will also be 2” thick like the first gate on the other side of my house. I made the second gate 1 1/2” and didn’t like it as much. The 2” takes a little more work on the front end laminating and milling but it is no harder after that.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 11-28-2009 02:31 PM

Great job on the patina, it sets off the rest of the woodwork.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#2 posted 11-28-2009 06:47 PM

Nice work!

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