Working with recycled timber #34: A Gate for No 1 Son

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 01-26-2015 05:43 AM 1375 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Number one son, Adam and his family sold their home over Christmas New Year, and moved into a rental property pending finding a new abode.

They have a family dog so the yard had to be dog proofed.

The owners were OK with us making a gate and closing off under the house so we set to work.

We saw a tile shop and out front was a stack of very good packing timber, they were happy for us to take as much as we wanted so a load went into the ute.

It looked to be a pine genus of Indian origin, had all the appropriate stamp for bugs and preservation so I set about de nailing it all.

It took about 2 hours to achieve the desired result

We ended up with this stockpile as a result

I then ripped about five lengths in half with portable hand power saw to make the pallings, leaving the ends intact for later docking.
With a drop saw cut the frame rails and stiles to length half lap jointed it all together and added a diagonal cross brace for the frame.

Correction: The correct terminology for the joints I used is a T halvng joint not a Half Lap joint.

All the pailings were cut to length then mitered on the corners as preparation for fixing.
Then with the assistance of a Paslode nail gun fixed the pailings to the frame, and added a catch to the original location at the bottom.

We then made a matching under floor closure for the opening on the left.

As you can see there was a drain opening right in the walkway so some left overs were cut to plug the opening also.

This was the finished result:-

The new gate

The under floor cover

The drain cover

Tools and Materials

Tools used
Drop saw (which is actually a compound sliding miter saw)
Portable power saw
Paslode Nail Gun


All recycled or reused hardware
Material cost Nil.
Hardware cost Nil.
Life expectancy hoped to be at least 12 months.

We kept the original gate for replacement later if the landlord desires

With the fun part now over it was to start hauling furniture and Chattels!!


-- Regards Rob

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 01-26-2015 06:28 AM

A COOL rags to riches event!

Very NICE!

... and you had some wood left over for other things! :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 01-26-2015 01:22 PM

Hey Rob, that is a really neat gate.
Great job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 01-26-2015 04:06 PM

Robert, nice plan and nice design. Is a “drop saw” a chop saw, or something you throw off the roof? I wish your son good luck on the house hunt.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 01-27-2015 07:14 AM

Hello there everybody!! and thanks for the comments.

Some fitting reply’s required:

yes some timber was left over, we may go back and collect some more as there are some Bonsai Plants to be moved next weekend and we were thinking of making some frames to support them all on, something like a three rail bench to support them then use the usual leg configuration.

Big Al,
I modified the text to correctly describe the saw we used and I would not be hauling it any higher than a bench top as if it was dropped it would do some damage to both the user and the saw.

-- Regards Rob

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