Baby gate

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Project by ballan13 posted 01-05-2016 05:54 PM 1552 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." -Aristotle

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#1 posted 01-05-2016 05:57 PM

What a nice attractive gate that matches your decor so well! Good job on this project with such an important function.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 03:12 AM

The sign of a good woodworker is not that you don’t make mistakes, it’s how you fix them when they occur. Good save on the project and nice looking piece.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#3 posted 01-07-2016 04:25 PM

Thank you guys for the awesome comments and support.

-- "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." -Aristotle

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