Safety Gate

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Project by syeret posted 08-26-2013 03:32 PM 1900 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As my one year old daughter found the joy of climbing the stairs at home, I had to hurry up and finish a safety gate – a project on my task list since she was born.
The design process took me a while. Besides the regular need to meet the taste of my dear customers – family, I had to solve some technical requirements such as an ability to take the door out of the way when not in use for a longer term. The solution we decided to go for was 180 degree swivel of the door, so it will stay on a wide step instead of bother in the living room.
Wood: European beech
Finish: Stain + three coats of water based polyurethane

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#1 posted 08-26-2013 04:29 PM

That is one fine baby gate! Cool design/placement… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#2 posted 08-26-2013 04:34 PM

Very nice design in both terms of function and appearance!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 08-26-2013 05:55 PM

That is one beautiful safety gate! The design is very unique and pleasing to the eye. What/how did you reinforce the squares themselves and join them to the verticals?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 08-26-2013 07:35 PM

That gate is a real looker with a great design element…......................

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 08-26-2013 07:43 PM

Great job, very beautiful! I’m just finishing up 2 of these, though not nearly as pretty as your’s, very cool

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#7 posted 08-26-2013 08:20 PM

This is very nice! I made one for my almost one-year old. Are you concerned at all about the durability of the relatively thin spindles?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 08-26-2013 08:23 PM

What method do you lock the gate in place with? Is there a latch somewhere that we can’t see? Beautiful job! I have an 8 month old so this will be a commission pretty soon methinks…

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#9 posted 08-26-2013 10:59 PM

Very nice! Love it.

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#10 posted 08-26-2013 11:28 PM

Great design, it’s like adding some fine furniture to the sairs.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 08-27-2013 01:02 AM

nice design with clever ideas and beautiful appearance.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#12 posted 08-27-2013 05:40 AM

Thank you all for your encouraging feedbacks.

Some answers;

Northwest29: The squares are reinforced and attached to the verticals with dowels.

Brandon: I’m not concerned about the strength and durability of the spindles, they are 19/32” squares of beech which is quite an hard wood, it is much stronger as an infant can break.

MrFid: There is still no lock for the gate, surprisingly my daughter still didn’t try to open it :-), but yes, I’ll add a lock shortly. I’ll most probably add some kind of a stop at the left bottom corner in a way the gate will need to be moved up a bit to be unlocked. A baby will not be able to lift the gate up.

I’m adding some pictures from the building process which may help you better understanding the construction of the gate.


Gluing the spindles to the frame:

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#13 posted 08-27-2013 10:56 AM

Beautiful design, a very elegant solution to an everyday problem. Love the simplified method of doweling the spindles, after the frame is assembled. I bet it saved a lot of aggravation.

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#14 posted 08-27-2013 04:50 PM

Thanks for adding the photos – makes things very clear. Again, a wonderful design nicely executed.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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