Small Projects #5: Tall Dog Gate

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Blog entry by Madmark2 posted 01-27-2020 01:11 AM 430 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Short Dog Gate Part 5 of Small Projects series Part 6: Dog Feeder »

While I love dogs, they need to be kept out of the kitchen. The opening to the kitchen is over 4’ wide and needs to be closed off. However a long gate’s swing is too much for the confines of the kitchen. I came up with this bifold gate. The metal screen prevents the dogs from pushing thru.

The two sections of the gate are hand mortised for the hinges for a tight, clean join. Each section has a 2” caster to prevent sagging and hinge pullout.

Latching the gate was more of a problem than I anticipated. Initially I used a strong rated cabinet magnetic latch. The dogs beat it.

I added a 2nd, larger double magnetic catch. The dogs beat it.

I put in a deadbolt to hold the gate tight against the latch. The dogs figured out if they pulled the center the gate would fold and open.

I added a spring between the sections to make it harder to pull forward. This made the gate so rigid it started to pull free of the wall so that didn’t work.

I put a small hasp on the top. The dogs jiggled it loose.

FINALLY I installed a clevis pin into the hasp. THAT they haven’t beat – YET!


-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#1 posted 01-27-2020 02:42 AM

Dogs can be persistent!...and smart. :)

I like the metal screen. Looks really nice. Could you add a picture with it open?

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#2 posted 01-27-2020 03:08 AM

Thanks for the added picture. Looks like a great solution.

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#3 posted 01-27-2020 11:40 AM

Don’t let the dogs into the workshop… they might learn how to use a screw driver!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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