|Project by mls||posted 12-07-2014 11:16 PM||1987 views||14 times favorited||6 comments|
Well the new grandbaby has started to crawl at 8 months old so Paw Paw got an urgent new project. We needed a stair gate guard. My wife and I really wanted one that would go well with the red oak stair case. I designed it with a sliding hinge that allows the gate to be lifted about 2 inches vertically. This movement allows the oak pin on the latch side to engage and disengage from the hole in the oak latch bracket mounted on the newl. The gate will open in either direction. It can be stored along the wall if the baby isn’t in the house. I used the bronze colored tubes that Lowes sells for decks for the verticals. They come in a package of 10 pieces. You can buy the plastic connectors that screw to the upper and lower rails to accept the 26 inch long tubes. This permitted me to use the thinner and lighter oak stock (13/16 inch) since I didn’t have to drill holes for the 3/4 inch diameter tubes. I spaced the verticals on 4 inch centers so that the cats could travel through the closed gate. To operate the gate you simply grab the top rail at about the center of the gate and lift to disengage the pin and swing the gate in either direction. For added safety, lifting at the latch side will not lift the gate since the lifting action so far from the hinge puts the sliding hinges in a bind. But lifting at the center of the gate or closer to the sliding hinge very easily lifts the gate. Its a simple mechanism but very effective. A secondary sliding lock could be easily added if desired or needed.
The gate works perfectly and my wife is very pleased – which is the mark of any successful project.
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