Gate to match exsiting railings

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Project by oi2342001 posted 12-24-2011 06:00 AM 1272 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off, this site is great. I’ve found some really good info on it and thought I would post a my most recent completed project. Nothing fancy but I’ve only recently tried getting into fine woodworking. On to the project.

This was a gate I built for a friends parents. They have their grandchildren over quite often and wanted a better gate (3rd picture is how they kept the old gate) to keep the kids from crawling where they shouldn’t. The only thing they asked for was something that would keep the kids out and the dog from sneaking between the posts as well as look good. I made the gate match the rest of the railings. I used white oak with the minwax poly and stain in one (not so sure that I’ll be using that again). The gate is on a cafe door hinge so it would swing open both ways. It opens completely towards the stairs but only about 30 degrees away from the stairs because the top of the railing extends about 2 inches that I forgot about and the gate hits it. They are OK with this. There is a slide lock on the back (it’s on the back so the kids will have a hard time finding and reaching it) of the gate to prevent someone from leaning up against it and pushing the gate open. It’s hard to see in these pictures but all the posts are screwed in the the horizontal boards and I made plugs to cover each screw (this is how the posts are done for the existing railings.)

After they saw the gate they want me to make another one on another set of steps to keep the dogs upstairs. I guess they were happy with this one. :)

Thanks for looking. As I find pictures (if I have any ones) of old projects I’ll post them.


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#1 posted 12-24-2011 06:28 AM

Looks great, the finish looks to match real well. Welcome to LJs.

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#2 posted 12-24-2011 08:26 AM

Looks good that should help protect those little ones.

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