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Baby Gate for the New Grand Daughter

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Project by FJPetruso posted 02-09-2014 05:24 AM 1826 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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"





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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 05:29 AM

Nice job Frank.
It works real well with the existing balusters.
I bet that grand daughter is a lot of fun to have around.

-- Eric, central Florida

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steve_in_ohio

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 12:40 PM

looks like it was meant to be there. great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--

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Tommy

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#3 posted 02-09-2014 01:05 PM

That gate fits in very nicely! Great job. Thanks for showing the latch idea as I’m building a similar type gate and still need to decide how to handle that part.

-- Tommy

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Northwest29

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#4 posted 02-09-2014 07:38 PM

Very unique solution for a baby gate and looks beautiful.

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

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Fishinbo

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#5 posted 02-13-2014 03:09 PM

Looks great and well installed, classy design and very nice finish. It blend with the style of your home. Great job!

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