Ipe 12 Foot Gate is Finally finished....

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Project by Ken90712 posted 348 days ago 1975 views 6 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another phase of our front house remodel is complete. I was originally going write a blog on this project, however being a lot of the work in the beginning was metal work I thought some might not approve. I personally don’t mind and love reading about anything Lumberjocks make.

As some of you know we took apart the front of our house and updated it with more of a Craftsman look. Living in Southern California is great, but a lot of the house’s look the same and were boring looking. We tore out the drive way and replaced all the windows and updated the porch and removed all the red brick . Front of House Blondie and I did most of the work ourselves.

I have a great friend name Paul, (retired Iron Worker) who has been my welding mentor for the last 2 yrs. Many of my fellow lumberjocks have given me help and great advice on learning to weld as well. My first real project was our outdoor Dining Table.. “Dining Table.”: & Blog.

The gate plans were in my head for a cpl yrs, which continuously changed. I wanted something different and to fit the style of our house. Most gates in the neighborhood have arches on top, so I chose to make ours flat. My hope was the simple lines would pair up the craftsman style were going for.

I started with 4”x4” ¼” thick steel poles buried in 3 feet of concrete. Knowing how heavy the gate would be with the metal and Ipe wood, I mathematically figured the weight of the arm and put the poles in off plum to allow for spring.( leaning away from the middle) Thinking the weight of the nine foot section would pull it plum. That worked well! Love it when a plan comes together.

There are 2 sections to this gate. A nine foot section and a 3 foot section, they are both 6 feet tall. The frame of the gate is made from, 1/8” thick 2”x3” steel tubing, (heavy I know). For those who do not know me, my middle name is Overkill. LOL I purchased the decorative balusters from Kings Metal. We cut into the vertical piece for the door handle box and made pieces to fit in making it rock solid.

I took the gate to Zinc Nation first to have the metal aluminized before powder coating. They guarantee no rust for 10 yrs. Then off to powder coating.

I purchased the rough IPE from Bohnhoff Lumber, 20 sixteen footers. I ran all of them through my planer and then the router table making the T&G’s. I then sanded them all to 180 grit. I did this by hand as my drum sander was to slow, I think I would still be there LOL The wood is sandwiched up against one inch square tubing and one inch L channel from the back with #10 Stainless screws.

The wood is finished with Penofins Hard Wood Oil; the ends of the boards are sealed with IPE seal (technically a wax) to prevent cracks and checking. I used 1250 pound hinges with zerk fitting on them and welded ¾ in rod on the ends for adjusting the gate.

This was so much fun to make and build and can’t thank Paul enough. Today I will be getting a plaque made for the back side stating

2013 Handcrafted by: Ken Lakits Special Thanks to Paul Watkins My Welding Mentor

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#1 posted 348 days ago

That is a beautiful gate and fence. Love the door hardware!!! You should be very proud of that work of art!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#2 posted 348 days ago

Spectacular Ken.
Really came out great !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#3 posted 348 days ago

Good job that’s one sturdy and good looking gate.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 348 days ago

I freakin love it!

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#5 posted 348 days ago

Ken, Love the the whole project!!! Someone’s been busy this summer!!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#6 posted 348 days ago

Looks great, Ken. You sure have been a busy beaver!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 348 days ago

Very impressive gate you designed Ken.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#8 posted 348 days ago

Rock’in! – very nice -

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#9 posted 348 days ago

Love the gate. Really turned out great.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 348 days ago

Wow; really nice and very impressive

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#11 posted 348 days ago

Great looking gate! Nice work, love the handle too!
I used the same ornamental wrought iron basket’s on my gate, But my welding isn’t worth a darn!

Great project! Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 348 days ago


I would think your Metal Work would be just fine!

Metal is the frame of your fence… It holds your woodwork.

Nails (metal) are used to hold things together, while the glue dries.

IMHO, that metal is fine and legal… and if someone does NOT like it, that is their problem, NOT OURS.

I hereby VOTE YES on your metal work… anyone else?

Your gate is Beautiful! Stunning… Awesome!!

Thank you very much for sharing!

Is there (will there be) a wheel at the end of the Long section?
Will you have it motorized for Opening/Closing remotely?

That wood is sure pretty!
How many sets of Blades did it take on your Planer and Router BITS to do the job?

Great JOB!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 348 days ago

Wonderful gate Ken. You certainly are a multi talented DIY man besides being a great woodworker. I always have a lot of respect for folks like yourself who put a lot of effort into improving their homes.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 348 days ago

Very nice, and looks great.

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

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#15 posted 348 days ago

That is one fine looking gate – very well done. Thanks for giving us a look. The welding part of the project would have been interesting to see, oh well.

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

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