Fence Gate with Metal Balusters

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Project by bamugo posted 07-27-2015 06:30 PM 644 views 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The story here is one of frustration. Bought a new build house two years ago – an end unit on a townhouse row. The builder put in a fence separating out back-yard from the street, but didn’t put in a gate or any fences dividing my yard from my neighbours’ yards (I border on 5 other yards because my lot is wedge-shaped).

Earlier this year I organized the building of fences between all our yards. It was a fun project, and it’s how I caught the woodworking bug.

The builder’s fence is cedar, and I used brown pressure-treated, which looks similar to cedar. I had planned to eventually stain the entire fence all one colour – using a semi-transparent stain. One day I came home from work to find that the builder had put an opaque stain on the parts of my fence they’d built. No notice given. No chance for me to decline.

I hadn’t built the gate yet. Anyway – that’s why the gate doesn’t match the fence. I don’t want to stain or paint the gate (or the fence I built) yet, because I’m told pressure treated wood needs a couple of years before it’ll take stain properly.

The gate itself was fun – first thing I designed in Sketchup. I had started to build a version of this whose frame was all 2×4s oriented with the 4-inch side parallel to the plane of the gate (rather than what I ended up doing, where the 4-inch sides of the frame lumber is perpendicular to the plane of the gate, allowing for the pickets to go “inside” the frame. I think it looks much nicer than my original idea. My wife agrees :)

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