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Spanish Cedar Gate

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Project by clin posted 12-30-2016 02:44 AM 1019 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve recently completed a large front gate made of Spanish cedar. It was quite the project for me. Starting out with some rather large rough lumber. I also made use of drawbore M&T joints. I made a cross section of a test (see photo).

I’ve written a rather lengthy blog post about this, so please refer to this for many more details.

http://lumberjocks.com/clin/blog/99394

-- Clin





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#1 posted 12-30-2016 02:46 AM

Very nice looking gate,I like it.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 12-30-2016 02:41 PM

That’ll age wonderfully, very nice!.

I also admire how well that gate fits so tightly into that opening, I hope the sidewalk and pillars were all square to ease your workload.

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#3 posted 12-30-2016 09:47 PM

Nice looking gate!

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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clin

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#4 posted 01-01-2017 12:04 AM



That ll age wonderfully, very nice!.

I also admire how well that gate fits so tightly into that opening, I hope the sidewalk and pillars were all square to ease your workload.

- splintergroup

Actually things weren’t all that square. The hinge side was plumb, but the latch side was about 1/4” narrower at the bottom. While the gate stop wouldn’t have allowed a gap to show clear through it, I couldn’t tolerate the gap between the gate and batten varying that much. So I actually used my planer and a planer sled to taper that batten by shimming one end about 1/4”

The bottom is also not square. The walkway is intentionally sloped to move water away from the house. It’s a good 1/2” across the bottom of the gate. I accounted for that and cut the cut to fit.

In the end, it ended up a little closer to the ground than intended. I mounted the hinges to the gate first, then just shimmed under the gate to mount. I wanted the top hinge as high as possible for maximum support and thought I could get as much as 1/2” clearance on the bottom, but as it turned out, I must have calculated or measured wrong and 1/4” is the maximum I could get without the hinge extending above the batten.

If it turns out to be an issue, it’s of course simple to shave a bit off the bottom of the gate. I don’t expect this gate to sag, but time will tell.

I don’t mind it being close as it at least makes critters have to climb over the wall. We have mice and pack rats in the area.

-- Clin

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#5 posted 01-02-2017 04:00 AM

Nice looking gate! Southwestern style. Did you seal it, or are you going to let it get that real nice gray, over time? My wife doesn’t like how the wood gets gray with age, so I had to paint my wood gates. Should have painted them gray!

Spanish cedar! I’d take a big whiff of air every time I walked by, that stuff smells so good!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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clin

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#6 posted 01-03-2017 03:06 AM



Nice looking gate! Southwestern style. Did you seal it, or are you going to let it get that real nice gray, over time? My wife doesn t like how the wood gets gray with age, so I had to paint my wood gates. Should have painted them gray!

Spanish cedar! I d take a big whiff of air every time I walked by, that stuff smells so good!

- Dark_Lightning

I used Penofin on it. It’s a penetrating oil finish. But I was tempted to let it gray. And Penofin doesn’t last forever, so if I just let it go, it will still eventually turn gray.

-- Clin

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#7 posted 04-29-2017 10:26 PM

great looking gate!!!

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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