|Project by CMC06||posted 01-31-2014 10:08 AM||16507 views||9 times favorited||12 comments|
We moved in to our house last year and really did not use the upstairs much because we did not have kids. At the time our kids were our dogs and they liked to run up and down the stairs. So the search for a dog gate that would work on our stairs began. I looked and found a few that could work but they all had a metal bar across the stairs, so that would not work. While I was planning the gate (>6months), we used a tension mounted gate that we propped up between the balusters.
The gate is made of red oak and hollow metal balusters that are a close match to the stairs. The square post wraps are made from 1×12 red oak are from the local home store along with the metal balusters. The gate is made from 7/4” x 7/4” x 42” red oak balusters that I order.
On the hinge side of the gate I used a sliding dovetails so that I could remove the gate if needed. When installing the gate I wanted to make sure that very little damage was done to the existing stairs, so when I remove the gate I would not have a lot of repairs to do. That is why I made the post wraps with a 1/4” plywood spline joint. I secure the joint with a little glue in a few spots and pin nails. It won’t be east to take off in the future but it is do able, I think.
The joint shown in the picture is at the bottom of each of the gate frame. One or the pieces connected to the post wrap and the other connected to the painted wood in the first photo. At the top of the gate frame there is a second price of wood connecting to the top of the post wrap. I also added a small piece of door stop to keep the gate closing past the gate frame.
It has been installed for about two weeks and is working great. I wish that I would not have taken so long to build it but that always happens, to plans not enough time.