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Baby Gate (self closing and latching)

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Project by Rob posted 1983 days ago 15253 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a baby gate for my daughter who should be crawling shortly. I wanted a good solid gate rather than a store-bought pressure fitted one because this is used at the top of a dozen stairs. I used reclaimed red oak from an old table top that was badly warped. This was a good opportunity to use my new workbench to flatten the stock by hand. Joints are mortise and tenon.

I had a design failure at first. You can see some plugs in the wall in the second and third pic. Thankfully we haven’t painted here yet and will wait until there is no need for gates to do so. Origionally the gate was attached to a board here with hinges but it pulled away from the wall from stress. So then I reworked it so that it is hinged to the balistrade (not sure if that’s the right term).

Also my latch didn’t work out well which lead me to design my own. I used self closing hinges and wanted to be able to take advantage of this by having a self latching feature. I didn’t want to have to always resecure the gate. It works well. You need to pull up on the latch, which bends the thin oak, to open. I don’t think a small child will be able to do this. Tomorrow morning I will see how long it takes my 3 yr old to figure it out.

Excuse the open screw holes. I know it looks rough but I have to be able to remove it one day. Thanks for looking. Comments, critisism, and suggestions are welcome.





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oldwoodman

137 posts in 2003 days


#1 posted 1983 days ago

It blends in beautifully with your existing stair railings. Its purpose and functionality only add to its charm. You did a fine job.

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Popeye Jr.

120 posts in 2027 days


#2 posted 1983 days ago

Thats a great project. I think I will be needing to build one of those in the near Future.
Thanks for the good idea.
Cheers

-- People who say it cannot be done should not interup those who are doing it

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interpim

1123 posts in 2063 days


#3 posted 1983 days ago

Great looking gate… if you have children anything like mine, it will take all of 30 minutes to figure out the latching mechanism, where my wife will never figure it out.

-- San Diego, CA

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Rudge

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#4 posted 1955 days ago

looks great rob, which I tackled one of these instead of that nice plastic one I have… LOL !! maybe baby 2 !!

-- 'Original Rudge' Muskoka, Cdn

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

353 posts in 1961 days


#5 posted 1955 days ago

blends great and you didn’t go overboard on design. And that’s what counts functionality. Awesome pet deterer,child proofer,and classy . Nice work!

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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JNelson

18 posts in 1921 days


#6 posted 1741 days ago

Looks great, would love to see how the hinges looks. This is exactly what I need for my 10 month old. Our stairs are almost exactly the same also.

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cabinetmaster

10874 posts in 2163 days


#7 posted 1741 days ago

great job. Should work very well and keep the little ones from falling down the stairs.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 1741 days ago

Beautiful and functional great job

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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