Garden Gate III

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Blog series by newTim updated 03-19-2010 10:44 PM 12 parts 52099 reads 26 comments total

Part 1: My First Commission

11-28-2009 09:43 AM by newTim | 2 comments »

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 s...

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Part 2: Here's a nod to David Marks

11-30-2009 08:21 AM by newTim | 3 comments »

In his great series of woodworking shows there was one thing David did over and over that got some gentle teasing around the web. Can you tell which photo depicts this? Before I cut the mortises for the stiles and top/bottom rails I have to first make up the arch assembly. Through Sketchup I calculated that two boards cut on 12 degree angles would work. I’m still looking for a calculator, table, or formula that allows some what-if-ing of various dimensions to calculate various siz...

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Part 3: Plumbers

12-01-2009 08:38 AM by newTim | 4 comments »

So now that I’m on my third gate, and, including my arched bed my fourth or fifth or sixth plumb cut, I’ve found that the quickest and most accurate way to make the sides of the arch parallel to the sides of the bottom is to use the bottom rail as a guide. First I cut the bottom rail to width, in this case 28” (the stiles are 6” each for a total width of 40”, I hope). I then place the bottom rail on the cutoff sled and bump it up against the blade. Then I line...

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Part 4: Use a part to cut a part

12-02-2009 07:09 AM by newTim | 3 comments »

Just like with the plumb cut it is easier and more accurate to use the bottom rail as a guide to cut the arch rail. Here I use the bottom rail as a support for the swing arm to cut the curve in the arch rail. I start by lining up the two stiles with the rails so they are parallel. I have already marked a centerpoint on the bottom rail and positioned it 30” or so from the top of the top rail. Since I’m using the Milescraft circle guide it is very easy to reposition the swing ar...

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Part 5: One good mortise deserves a tenon

12-03-2009 07:52 AM by newTim | 1 comment »

The stiles and rails are connected with pairs of tenons. Or is it mortises? Or morties? Yuk yuk… yeah well you use the same set up for the side mortises as you use to make the arch. Call it the lazy man’s way to woodworking. Actually I went ahead and cut the mortises in the stiles and bottom rail while the glue was drying on the arch. Then all I had to do was four quick mortises on the sides of the arch and the gate frame was ready for glue up. There are 20 mortises in al...

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Part 6: The Outer Laminates

12-20-2009 07:58 AM by newTim | 0 comments »

Always experimenting, so this time around I thought I’d try to laminate some strips across the top of the arch. Three reasons, not necessarily good reasons, but reasons alll the same. One Is to cover the exposed endgrain at the top of the stiles. Another is to try to match the inner laminate that is used to hold the panel in place, the third is to… I forgot what the third reason is. I ripped some strips on the tablesaw and ran them through the drum sander keeping the grain m...

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Part 7: The inner laminates

12-21-2009 08:50 AM by newTim | 2 comments »

On my first gate the panel was held in place with stays based on the David Marks project. The second gate used rabbet like a picture frame. For this project I decided to go back to the stays. They are not hard to make as you can use the gate itself as a form. While I was prepping the stock for the outer laminates I made an extra set for the inner laminates. The only trick is the measure the length of the inner arch. I used a flex tape, but could have used a string or other flexible item...

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Part 8: Panel Fit

01-13-2010 08:05 AM by newTim | 1 comment »

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...

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Part 9: Patina

01-31-2010 05:18 AM by newTim | 4 comments »

Well with all the rain days and other projects I finally got some sunshine and time to apply the patina. It only takes about 15 minutes once you have the right setup. Like most things I’m learning that less is more. Less pre-heat, less chemical, and less flame. I held the torch a couple feet back from the copper and let the chemical set a few seconds before applying some more heat/flame; again staying back a couple of feet and moving the torch. The panel sat in the sun for about an...

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Part 10: Crossbeam

03-09-2010 08:47 AM by newTim | 0 comments »

I’ve been finishing up project so I am a little late updating the blog, but the entries are going to come fast and furious now. And maybe I will once again secure the bottom spot on the most blogs list. So this gate is going to be attached to a steel tube frame and needs a crossbeam along the top. I could have cut this part several steps ago but it just seemed to work out this way. I learned awhile ago that it is easier to rip the beam to fit the dado just like cutting a tenon to fi...

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Part 11: Final Touches

03-10-2010 05:19 AM by newTim | 1 comment »

Just some finishing touches before the big installation. The back of the panel gets some flat black paint. We stripped the old fence and ran the boards through the planer before applying a coat of oil. I used the same oil on the gate before final assembly then sprayed a couple coats of lacquer. I thought I’d make use of a new shop cabinet I built which will store all my finishing supplies. And oh yeah, last weekend I cut the weeds.

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Part 12: Project Wrap Up

03-19-2010 10:44 PM by newTim | 5 comments »

Sure you can look through the rest of this blog, or do a search on the project page, but to make life a little easier here’s a summary of the project from finish to design. I was real happy with the way this gate turned out and, more importantly, so was my neighbor who paid for it.

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