Last time around I used the inner arch to form the inner laminate which will be used to hold the panel in place. The gate is 2” thick and I decided to make the front stays 3/4” thick. I ripped a length off the curved laminate on the bandsaw and ripped some 3/4”x1” stock on the table saw for the side and bottom stays. I used an angle guage to transfer the angle of the corner of the arch to the miter guage on the table saw (the way David Marks did on his gate) and cut the angle for the vertical stays. I then trimmed them to length with a square cut on the bottom and glued them in place. I then trimmed the arch laminate and bottom stays to fit between the side stays and glued them up. I will repeat the process on the back to hold the panel in place.
With the front says in place I could then do some final trimming on the panel and do a test fit.
We’re supposed to get some more rain in the Sacramento area so I may not be able to do the patina this weekend. But if I can it won’t take very long. Still I have to insert a cross rail in the back and do some more sanding, and there are always cutting boards and other projects, and oh yeah, a room to paint.
-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com