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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!"