Black Walnut Baby Gate

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Project by BinghamtonEd posted 390 days ago 1129 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my favorite project I’ve done to date, and probably the one I am most proud of. The outer frame is 5/4, joinery is haunched mortise and tenon. The balusters are 3/4 and also use regular mortise and tenon. We have a wrought iron railing, so I wrapped it in walnut to fasten the gate to. Finish is one coat BLO, 3 coats arm-r-seal wiped on, then buffed out with steel wool and wax. Our daughter is 7 months old, so this was finished just in time.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#1 posted 390 days ago

Nice job man! Gotta love Walnut. Looks a lot nicer than anything you could have bought. Kinda funny, I didn’t even want embark on the banister I made until we were done with the baby gate phase. We endured one of those accordion deals for too long;-)

-- Red -- “I ain't as good as I'm gonna get....but I'm better than I used to be."

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#2 posted 386 days ago

Looks great and well installed. A project to be proud of especially it’s for a child’s safety. Great job!

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#3 posted 386 days ago

Very nice! Good job on protecting the little one.

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#4 posted 386 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments, guys. A bonus to this is that I’ve convinced my wife to let me tear out the old wrought iron railing and make a replacement. Not anytime soon, though.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#5 posted 352 days ago

Nice job Ed! My wife and I used to joke with people and say we discouraged movement with our kids when very little, because once they started there was no stopping them! Congrats on the life altering little addition…nothing like it.

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#6 posted 139 days ago

Nice work and way to work it in with the existing railing.

-- KDW

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