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My first garden gate

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Project by jmp posted 03-01-2011 10:58 PM 1899 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time ago I ordered a wooden garden gate to match our new oak porch. After looking at some examples I chose a picket style and waited for the company to come and measure up. I gave up waiting, cancelled the order and decided to make my own. I had some help machining the mortice and tenon joints but the design, assembly, finishing and hanging I carried out myself. I had already built the stone pillars and so I was very pleased when it all came together and fitted perfectly. This was first gate I have made, it is Idigbo, an African hardwood, which was very easy to work with and finishes well with similarities to oak. Hanging was straightforward in the end but I took a lot of advice from colleagues and the web. It has now been up a year and survived some harsh Yorkshire winter weather. It has never dropped and looks just as good as when it first went up. I would reccomend anybody who is contemplating builidng and/or hanging a gate for the first time should definitely give it a go. Take it slowly, plan well ahead, and you shouldn’t go wrong





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CrossGrain (Josh)

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#1 posted 03-01-2011 11:06 PM

That is a really nice looking wood, and it complements the stone nicely. Well done!

-- Josh, Virginia , http://crossgrain.wordpress.com

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Don Johnson

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#2 posted 03-01-2011 11:08 PM

A very smart HarroGATE !

And the walls and pillars also show a high standard – you obviously made good use of the advice you received.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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#3 posted 03-01-2011 11:09 PM

Great Job !!!!
Your choice of hardware was a very good call !!!

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Chris

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#4 posted 03-01-2011 11:15 PM

A very impressive first gate. Beautiful work. What finish did you apply?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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jerrells

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#5 posted 03-01-2011 11:43 PM

A very nice looking gate, yard and home

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#6 posted 03-01-2011 11:54 PM

That is a real nice gate especially for the first time building one.The hardware looks good with it too.Truly comes together real nice thanks for the photos

-- jjhollyawc@yahoo.com

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LarryN

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#7 posted 03-02-2011 12:17 AM

nice choice of design, hardware & wood. very well done !!!!!!

-- Larry, North Carolina

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RalphNevin

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#8 posted 03-02-2011 02:41 AM

Very nicely done. Aren’t you glad, I can’t imagine the ORDERED one would be nearly as nice.

-- Ralph New Hampshire, www.realcomtel.com

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Splinterman

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#9 posted 03-02-2011 09:28 AM

Sweet job all round.

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Ken90712

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#10 posted 03-02-2011 12:56 PM

First off what a great project! When I first saw this i guessed it was in the UK. One of my best friends live in Oxford. Love the Garden….. The gate looks perfect!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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jmp

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#11 posted 03-02-2011 09:04 PM

Thanks for the comments. The finish was Sikkens, a two part exterior wood stain in light oak. I dont know whether you use this much in the US but here it is generally considered as one of the most durable exterior finishes and so far this has proved the case.

cheers

jonathan

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#12 posted 03-02-2011 11:55 PM

Beautiful work, mon ami. Lovely indeed.

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#13 posted 03-03-2011 04:58 AM

Awesome gate. Nicely done.

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Brit

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#14 posted 03-04-2011 09:30 PM

That gate will last longer than the one you originally ordered. Well done.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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sensaikim

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#15 posted 03-17-2011 10:33 PM

Hi Jon, as a fellow carpenter I really appreciate the excellent workmanship that has gone into your gate. I have looked closedly at the photos and the quality of your work. It is definately cabinet maker standard. Well done mate you must be really chuffed. I have also made our front gate several years ago which is a pair of double gates with a shaped top bar with tongue and groove at the bottom similar to what you have done. I made ours in cedar wood. I find working with wood very theraputic. I am a carpenter by trade although a lot of my work encompasses all aspects of building work. Carpentry is my favourite. I have done a lot of hand cut roofs over the years and really enjoy the detail that goes into making them. I love watching the structure develop and am always looking at roofs where ever we go. Deb told me she thought your dad was a carpenter, well you have definately inherited the skill and craftmanship. I am truly impressed with the photos you have displayed. When you are next down here come over with Judith and you can have a job with me, I am always looking for good carpenters mate!

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