|Project by lumberjuniorvarsity||posted 03-30-2016 12:34 AM||982 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
I just made this baby gate for some friends. They wanted to keep cost down so I used construction grade lumber. With the exception of where the gate mounts to either wall (2×6’s on one side and 1×4 on the other), the whole thing is made out of 2×4’s (balusters ripped to 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”) using pocket hole joints.
I call this gate “not simple” because due to the stairway opening up at the landing, I couldn’t just make a gate that could fit between 2 opposing walls. This is also the reason why my friends asked me to build something in the first place instead of just buying something from the store. I also had to build it so that it’s easily removable with minimal repairs needed afterwards (see the pic of the cutout for the baseboard).
This was challenging primarily because I’ve never made something that’s ‘built in’ without being at the location where it will be installed. Because of that (or at least that’s the excuse I’m going to use), I made the embarrassing mistake of measuring incorrectly and coming up 3 1/2” short on the shorter section of the gate. Long story short – I forgot to take into account the width of the 2×4 from that 90 degree corner to the wall… I’m giving myself grace because this is the first project I’ve made for someone else.
My mistake actually turned out to be helpful, because there wasn’t much stud available next to the trim on the right side, where I had initially planned to mount it. I built a little ‘extension’ to anchor it on the next stud over.
My friends wanted to finish it themselves (thankfully!), so the pictures don’t show the mounting hardware or the gate latch. The gate will be secured to the wall with lag bolts. This was more of a test fit – which it does nicely!
I used some screen door hinges, so the gate will close automatically. I ripped one 2×6 down so there’s extra width for the gate to slam shut against, just like a typical door frame (I realize I didn’t take a good picture of that). The latch I decided to use is this magnetic latch, which will automatically ‘lock’ when the door swings closed:
So the gate will be self-closing and lock automatically, which was important to my friends. I’m glad I got a screen door hinge kit with 3 hinges because that gate is actually pretty heavy.
Like all of my projects, this is very basic work. I wanted to upload it in case anyone out there has to come up with a solution for an open stairway like this. I sure didn’t find anything on the internet when I was looking for ideas!