Cedar Driveway Gate #5: Dimensioning the Stock

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Blog entry by WoodHoarder posted 05-27-2016 04:25 AM 1401 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The crucial step of dimensioning the stock was a physical and tedious process. I’m in decent shape, but wasn’t expecting such a workout. Each piece needed to be planed to 2-1/8” thickness and be perfectly square so that the joints line up. Quite a task on long heavy pieces.

After the laminating was finished, the stock was made flat and square.

The length of the wood made it a challenge for my 6 inch Jointer.

Planer and dust collector got quite a workout. I emptied the bin three times.

Final trimming on the new miter station.

All set to the specified dimensions. On to some fun.

Now she’s starting to look like a gate.

Next step joints!

-- Christ was a carpenter...a fact that humbles and inspires me.

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#1 posted 05-27-2016 01:46 PM

I’m really looking forward to seeing this come together. It feels like getting to this stage is half the battle.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#2 posted 05-27-2016 02:52 PM

What kind of joinery are you planning? Will the gate be smaller than as you have it laid out (which would allow for tenons etc)?

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#3 posted 05-30-2016 05:33 AM

Thanks guys for the encouragement. I’m hoping that the rest will go more quickly. Stock prep was more time consuming than I planned for.

I’m planning on using draw-bore mortise and tenon joints. The gate will shrink horizontally about 12 inches total when the joints are cut out.

Thanks for watching!

-- Christ was a carpenter...a fact that humbles and inspires me.

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