|Project by ballan13||posted 01-05-2016 05:54 PM||1175 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
With our daughter getting more active and adventerous it was time to get a baby gate in front of the stairs. I hate the look of your standard consumer production gates so I told my wife I was going to build it. I ran through a lot of ideas as far as latch systems and sprung hinges but ended up keeping it simple with a privacy door knob (Locked from the stair side) and some basic hinges. The center bars are for deck railing. Since it was painted to match the railing this was all 2×6 Douglas fir. All of the material was cut, dimensioned, and fitted traditionally. No screws or nails other than the hardware. The joints are handcut/ chopped mortise and tenon. I did have one problem, as I was drilling out for the knob striker the bit blew out the side. After a few swears and angry paces I figured it was because I was drilling into end grain. I figured that if I scabbed In a piece with the grain running vertically I could redrill without any problems. I also ran some 1/4” dowel rod through the scabbed piece to reinforce it. Thankfully this worked and I didn’t have to throw the whole project into the fireplace.
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