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Hi Lads
Another problem i have came across now is how to drill holes in a arched brace for my gate project , as showen in this pic, . Are the holes drilled before the arch is constructed or after? i really dont know how they do this and how get it accurate. Any solutions to this are welcome and thanks for your help in my other post on this forum “wooden gate arch construction”
Cheers Bob

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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#1 posted 603 days ago

That is one beautiful gate if you are building one like the linked pic.
If it were my project, I would dry assemble the gate to its finished spec. Then I would lay out the spacing on the lower frame. Using a large square, (or a moveable template of the spacing against a reference edge) transfer the spacing to all the required pieces. Using a long straight edge, strike lines across the face of all pieces getting the holes. Transfer the face line across the edges being careful that these transferred lines fall coplaner to each other below the face line. Disassemble and take to the drill press where you can line up the face line to a vertical reference on the drill press table. Find the center of the edge line and set a fence behind the drill bit so you don’t have to find center for every hole, just drill on the line being sure the piece is firmly (clamped?) against the fence. Work carefully and you should have no trouble slipping the bars into place (unless your holes are too small :)
Edit: you really don’t need lines on both edges of each piece, just the edge into which you will start the drill. If the piece is curved this will have to be the concave edge. (Well, that’s easiest…)

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL

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#2 posted 603 days ago

There are reasons why gates are on the houses of the wealthy

dry fit, lay the bars on top, mark centers, dis-assemble and drill

dry fit again

cross your fingers and assemble

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 457 days ago

just got round to finishing my gates , took a while! thanks for the tips, only i couldn’t drill the hole on the curve with my drill press as its to small so had to to it the old fashioned way ( by hand and eyeball).will be posting pics soon
cheers bob

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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#4 posted 457 days ago

In the olden days of shipbuilding they use single cut augers for just this kind of job. When drilling for the prop shaft they would go dead straight for 3-4-5 feet through oak without a problem. One long auger and a brace.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#5 posted 436 days ago

got the gates finished lads i have them posted on my projects thanks for your help

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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