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Project by syeret posted 08-26-2013 03:32 PM 1520 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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syeret

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#3 posted 08-26-2013 04:38 PM

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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." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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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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syeret

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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.

Parts:

Gluing the spindles to the frame:

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rustythebailiff

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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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