|Project by Kevin_S||posted 12-11-2012 05:58 AM||1340 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
Here is a pet gate I made a year or so ago. Got tired of the store bought gates and figured I could do better.
The wood is poplar, painted to match the trim. The main frame is doweled and the “bars” are dovetailed into the frame which you should be able to see in the second picture. I wanted nice sturdy joints that wouldn’t loosen up over time. It’s about 38” wide by 31” high, by 1 1/8” thick. The square opening is big enough for the cats, but too small for the dogs. That is one design feature I borrowed from the commercial gates.
The gate is held closed with magnets set into the frame that match up with magnets set into the wall mounted stop, but it’s easy to push open with a foot if your arms are full. If needed, I could add a latch that would stop any of the dogs from opening the gate, but they seem to accept the gate as a barrier and don’t mess with it.
I originally tried using double acting hinges that would let the gate open both ways, but the only ones I found weren’t sturdy enough and the gate sagged uselessly. So I went with plan B and used a couple standard hinges I already had on hand.
There is one accidental design feature in the gate and that is the small step routed into the inside edges. I meant to just round over all the edges, but didn’t notice that I had the small bearing on the roundover bit. After my first cut I saw my mistake (and followed that with much cussing). The gate was already assembled, so I couldn’t just replace the “ruined” piece. I went ahead and routed the rest of the edges and ended up liking that detail better than if I had just done a simple roundover.