Garden Gate

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Project by Jim1368 posted 04-16-2015 01:01 AM 2054 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The design was found in an older magazine, it was either House and Garden or Good Housekeeping. I held on to the picture for years before I had a place to construct it and enough knowledge to attempt it. Each base is concrete blocks faced with artificial stone. The concrete cap was available at the local distributor of the artificial stone. On top of the base is a structure of 4×6’s. Top of the gate and the arches are bent laminations. I believe each layer of the lamination was 3/32” thick. Composed of cedar, I soaked the strips for a couple of hours in a tub constructed of visqueen and 2×4’s. Then bent them around a pre-made form of MDF. I used a common brand of polyurethane glue to glue each strip since it works well with a water catalyst.

-- Jim, Vancouver

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#1 posted 04-16-2015 01:28 AM

It was worth the wait…...beautiful execution !!!

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#2 posted 04-16-2015 02:41 AM

Beautiful gate.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#3 posted 04-16-2015 04:37 AM

Beautiful! You mention cedar, but do you requie any extra protection for the llaminations to keep them weather-proof? I’d be worried about how well they will fare when exposed to rain and/or snow.

Here in Colorado we have as much (or more) trouble on outdoor wooden items from the scorching sun, as we do from snow and cold winter weather.

-- Lee

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#4 posted 04-16-2015 09:15 AM

very nice! – like a lytch gate on an old grave yard, to keep the spirits in – or out – in the case of your back garden ;-)

-- Live Forever...............or Die Trying

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#5 posted 04-16-2015 10:48 AM

Pretty sweet. Pretty darn sweet! I like that design. I’d have to use PT for the laminations down here in FL. The weather and wood boring bees are just too hard on cedar. Well done.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#6 posted 04-16-2015 11:30 AM

Really pleasing to the eye. Make some bee (house) traps for your carpenter bees – they work. Mine (3) are nearly full. Easy to build also.

-- DonB

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#7 posted 04-16-2015 12:43 PM

Very nice. Adds big-time to your curb appeal.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 04-16-2015 02:22 PM

Very nice gate.

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#9 posted 04-16-2015 06:38 PM

Hands down the most pretty gate I have seen. You sure put in the extra effort to do all those gorgeous bends, well done.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 04-16-2015 07:57 PM

What a great looking gate area. You did a wonderful job on building that. Thanks for sharing with us

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 04-17-2015 04:37 AM

Thanks for the comments, it is appreciated. I was concerned with de-lamination due to weather from the start. It has just past the 6 year mark and no detrimental effects noted. I do, however, apply a coat of a good oil based water repellant to it each year. A couple of years I applied it 2 times a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. Here in Vancouver we rarely have freezing temperatures so that’s not a major issue. When gluing I was extra vigilant at getting complete glue coverage on the strips to make certain there were no voids for water to enter. It was a fun project and thanks again.

-- Jim, Vancouver

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#12 posted 04-20-2015 02:48 AM

Your gate and trellis are beautiful. They truly enhance your very, very nice garden. It is very neat that you saved the design for so long… a worthwhile save I’d say.

-- Noel

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