|Project by doakster||posted 01-13-2014 04:03 AM||2412 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
I made this back in April when my son started moving around, and we wanted to make sure his movements are only horizontal and not vertical. I actually wanted to avoid having to build something, since I have more than enough projects that need to be done around the house. We looked at several commercial versions and any of the clamp on ones were not rated for the top of stairs. The only ones that were rated for use at the top of stairs were ones that have to be screwed into the newel post, an option I didn’t like. So I designed this one that basically clamps onto the newel posts. I also made it out of white ash to match the stairs and railing, and eventually the floor (which I haven’t put down yet).
This is the first project I designed in Sketchup. What a difference! You can really plan things out to the last detail. I started by recreating the existing railing in Sketchup so I could play around with some designs. I decided on a basic design with slats mortised into a top and bottom rail.
I made the slats with a stop cove on the sides. I got a little burning at the start and finish of the cove. I found the best way to remove this was a sharp gouge, and just pair away the burnt part.
After cutting the mortises in the top and bottom pieces, it was handy to have my drum sander to make sand off the layout lines and ensure everything was still flat.
Assembling the gate.
This is the support system. The top and bottom of both posts have these pieces of ash that wrap around the newel post, with weather stripping inside for padding. This holds it very securely, and yet doesn’t mark the newel post.
The latch exploits the springiness of ash. It doesn’t need much explanation, the picture pretty much says it.
Sorry for the long post, just thought I’d show a few pictures of the construction.
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