Front Gate

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Project by speedingtickets posted 11-10-2009 12:41 AM 2303 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a project that would require me installing a router table onto my table saw. After our 30 year old front gate started to grow fungus (see 2nd pic)…. I thought it would be a great chance to try my hand at designing a new front entrance. It could not have been more than a few days after the router table was finished that the gate actually rotted off one of it’s hinges. A swift kick finished it off.

I found some inspiration for my design looking at some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work, and a friend’s work on Asian Tea Houses he builds using almost no hardware. Looking at both their works I came up with a design I think looks pretty smart. The arbor over the fence was sketched using a standard 5-gallon bucket for the curve, and a simple angle to compliment. I used some ¼” MDO to make a nice router guide and I had my arbor top. The lower paneling of the gate is tongue and groove cedar framed in clear VG cedar 2×4s. I used the router table to carve the frame so the paneling would fit in there nice and snug. The lattice work on the top is just cedar fencing ripped on the table saw and cut to size by my friend the chop saw.

After finishing the gate it was apparent the surrounding fencing needed some help. Leaving it as in photo 4 just felt a bit un-finished. Using the same design theme I added some panels on either side.

I always wanted to try one of those pre-fabricated gate hardware kits. So for the panel between the garage and front gate I put in the hardware such that the entire panel could swing open in-case we ever want to get a stump grinder into the yard. After several coats of my favorite CWF Flood-UV5 cedar tone stain this project has held up very well for the past 3 years.

I can’t say I miss that old moss covered, fungus growing, warped front gate, because to avoid a dump run the old boards were re-purposed to fill some gaps in some fencing on our property that is just as old.

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#1 posted 11-10-2009 12:48 AM

Beautiful gate, great improvement.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 11-10-2009 01:51 AM

Beautiful gate.

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#3 posted 11-10-2009 02:03 AM

wonderful gate/fence .

really adds a nice touch ,
now find some other tool you need ,
and get busy fixing everything
to these new standards !

welcome to LJ’s .

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#4 posted 11-10-2009 04:38 AM

Absolutely beautiful! It makes your property look quite welcoming and intriguing. I would love to have my backyard fence look this beautiful.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 11-10-2009 04:49 AM

Very nice I really like this gate wonderful design and good build.

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#6 posted 11-10-2009 05:05 AM

Great Lookin Gate

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 11-10-2009 07:56 AM

Wow! What a transformation! Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 11-10-2009 11:54 PM

It’s a great looking fence and excellent design on the lattice work. I really like it.

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#9 posted 11-11-2009 04:42 AM

Quite beautiful. Don’t think Frank Lloyd Wright, think Japanese, that was his inspiration.

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#10 posted 11-11-2009 06:08 AM

I love the gate. Great work!

Robin Renee’


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#11 posted 11-12-2009 06:11 PM

That’s alot nicer than the one I posted.


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