Driveway gates

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Project by Rob posted 09-13-2010 07:19 PM 4489 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a pair of driveway gates. They swing just fine without the springloaded wheels that I bought for them. 3” thick, with 3/4” thick free floating boards. Solid backer board in the groove in the sides to allow the panels to expand and contract. I dried the boards in my shop for several months knowing that PT boards shrink a lot. They still shrank a little. The fence rattles a little with the wind as the panels are not nailed in, just set in tracks. Polyurethane construction adhesive with stainless steel screws. I’m going to run copper flashing across the top to help it last, especially since some of this is end grain. The side gates were mortise and tennon, but I didn’t want to bother on these. They are half lap in a way -You can see the different direction the frame boards are going in from the front as opposed to back view. The handles are square tube steel painted black, offset from the face using round tube steel.

When I hung them, I ran ratcheted straps across the tops of the posts to put tension on the posts, then hung the gates. That was just in case there was differnt flex between the posts. My theory is that if you just hang them expecting a 1/4 drop or something, one post may flex more than the other. It has been 6 months now, and the difference between the tops at the center joint is about 1/8”, so I count that a big success considering the material.

All horizontal surfaces have a 5 degree slope to shed water, and between the middle and bottom rails, there are channels cut in the center to allow for drainage for any water that hits the face and runs down into the grooves cut for the panels. Several hundred pounds each. It was a real trick hanging them by myself, but I like the challenge. Lots of wedges, clamps, and straps. 16’ across, and 6’6” in the center. Half of the ellipse was drawn on the floor at Home Depot. I used the concrete lines in the floor to assist me. Drew it out, then took the sheet with my arch drawn on it and checked out. Check out my router lathe if you want to see an even crazier challenge.

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#1 posted 09-13-2010 07:58 PM

WOW! Those are nice!

-- Loving it in Tucson .... Stephen

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 09:49 PM

I want to own a driveway that needs beautiful gates. Yep I do.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 09-14-2010 05:46 PM

rivergirl: The house may be for sale at the end of the year. Buy the house and I’ll throw in the gates for free! :)

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#4 posted 07-12-2012 03:47 PM

hi love the gates , iam doing a similar job , what sizes are those gates? and what thickness of timber did you use for the frame?
cheers bob, worried about sag…..

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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