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Forum topic by edwood1975 posted 01-29-2015 03:56 AM 601 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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edwood1975

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01-29-2015 03:56 AM

I am in the design phase of this deck gate and I am wondering how should I fix the baluster(s) to the gate frame..

Is there any other option other than using a forstner bit to drill a hole into the baluster and screwing it into the frame??

Just wondering if anyone has tried anything different..

Thanks
Ed

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#1 posted 01-29-2015 04:03 AM

Typically for outdoors with wet and dry and freeze and thaw screws work the best. Are you using the Forstner bit so you can plug it? The other option I see is to mortise and tenon the balusters into the rails of your gate.

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#2 posted 01-29-2015 04:09 AM



Typically for outdoors with wet and dry and freeze and thaw screws work the best. Are you using the Forstner bit so you can plug it? The other option I see is to mortise and tenon the balusters into the rails of your gate.

- firefighterontheside

Yes I was thinking of plugging it, Im not proficient at m&t joints…...
Thanks

-- Ed

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#3 posted 01-29-2015 04:41 AM

Pocket screws with those funny plugs might give you a cleaner look?

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#4 posted 01-29-2015 05:03 AM

you could do something like this.

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#5 posted 01-29-2015 12:10 PM

Hmmmm, I typed a whole thing last night about doing what iwud4u suggested, but where did it go. You can also use dowels and drill into the end of each baluster and into the rails.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 01-31-2015 11:22 PM

You have to think about rain and the wood swelling if you do what Iwud4u suggested. It will probably force it apart when it gets wet and swells. If you do what you pictured in your post and screw it, you need to cut the corner off at a 45 deg angle. Leave a small flat on the ends. I would probably do that. If it is just pressure treated lumber it will twist and curl when it gets wet. It is still yellow pine. The treatment is only for bugs and the like.

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