|Project by FJPetruso||posted 02-09-2014 05:24 AM||1846 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
With a new Grand Daughter visiting lately I had to make the house child safe…. again. Our basement steps are surrounded by a railing but the top of the steps was open. The railing & posts are made of oak & are nice looking so one of those accordion gates would look kinda junky. Time for a new baby gate. I made an oak frame that was dovetailed together at the corners & used 1/2” oak dowels for spindles. Not going to spindles kept the gate light weight. Next I did a little decorative routing of the edges. I fabricated a spring latch of oak & installed it in the top corner of the gate. the gate & latch were attached by decorative oak “jams” that are attached by only two screws each so there aren’t any large holes to fill when the gate is no longer needed. All was finished with Golden Oak stain & a top coat.
-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"