Driveway Gate

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Project by RLindberry posted 03-01-2013 04:06 AM 5099 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest project was a gate for my driveway. It’s been on the list, and I was hoping to wait until better weather in the late Spring, but it had gotten so bad, something needed to be done right away. The old gate was probably 20 years old (my grandpa built it back when he first bought the property) and it started falling apart.

As a carpenter, I’m ashamed that it got so bad. The rope was a temporary measure while I built the new gate, since the old cable had rusted through and snapped off, causing the weight of the gate to collapse.

So, here is my new gate with a new design. I tried to make it not only sturdier than the old design, but also lighter weight. Some of the things I did was to beef up the supporting timbers while giving it solid joinery, rather than simple half laps with a few nails and little hardware. I also steepened the angle of the brace, giving it more vertical strength. The weight was reduced by eliminating one of the braces and ripping the inside stile and bottom rail to just under 3” rather than 3.5”

Most importantly, my wife loves it.

Everything is mortise and tenon and bridle joints. All joints are pegged with 3/4” dowels. You can probably tell from the photos, but it is just lumberyard tight knot cedar 2×6 and 2×4. Nearly everything was done by hand.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 05:05 AM

Nice, hopefully it will last, one never knows with the way people tend to run into these things. For a laugh put a fake callbox on a post with buttons that do nothing. (See do nothing machine post a few days ago) Great conversation piece then…... (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 03-01-2013 05:51 AM

Nice joints. Good job :)

-- Jay -

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#3 posted 03-01-2013 01:22 PM

Nice build sir…. Been thinking about putting up those galvanized tube gates they sell at TS but really like the look of these.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 03-01-2013 01:39 PM

Thanks guys! This was a really fun project, though the necessity of completion called for a bit of haste which took some of the fun out of it.

I really enjoyed doing the joinery, but cedar is so soft, I found that it was very easy to crush the fibers if I wasn’t careful.

Buster, I know what you mean…the galvanized gates are quick and easy, but they just aren’t that attractive in my opinion. Plus, I really like having things that I built. This is a custom design, though I’m sure others have done things very similar. But the neighbors cannot run down to the store and buy a gate just like it, and that makes it a bit unique.

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#5 posted 03-01-2013 01:47 PM

Well done, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 03-04-2013 02:48 PM

Great job on that beautiful and sturdy gate. Like the joinery and I am sure that it will last much longer than the 1st one.

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