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Building a Privacy Fence #3: Secure a double gate

09-23-2020 02:25 AM by woodify | 0 comments »

When I first installed my double gates on my wooden fence I secured the secondary gate by screwing it to a wooden stake in the ground. I finally got around to upgrading my gate so it functions like a gate. I should have done this sooner.

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Small Projects #5: Tall Dog Gate

01-27-2020 01:11 AM by Madmark2 | 3 comments »

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 o...

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Small Projects #4: Short Dog Gate

01-27-2020 12:48 AM by Madmark2 | 1 comment »

The better half grooms our seven (7!) dogs and this often requires keeping one or more dogs in or out of the rooms. Our dogs are Shih Tzu’s and therefore fairly small. Sometimes the goal is to keep the dogs in, sometimes to keep them out. Toward that end the gate is both double sided with metal screen, and it is also double hinged. It swings in either direction like a pair of old western saloon doors. The screens are stapled on with my air stapler and 3/8×1/2 staples. The...

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Spanish Cedar Gate

12-30-2016 02:38 AM by clin | 7 comments »

I’ve been making some gates for my house. Here’s a link to a project I posted a earlier. Here’s the drawing. the gate is roughly 6 ft tall and 4 1/2 ft wide. So it is a rather large gate. While the back gates, made from inland red cedar, came out fine, I wanted a more refined look for the large front gate leading to our house. After calling around, a small lumber dealer “Southwest Lumber” in Albuquerque, NM suggested I consider Spanish cedar. So I h...

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Cedar Driveway Gate #11: Diagonals

11-15-2016 04:56 AM by WoodHoarder | 1 comment »

After some discussion on diagonal bracing, I decided to go with 3/4 inch diagonals that fit flush with the rails behind the back of the panels. The diagonals were to be put in compression. After another trip to the lumberyard and dimensioning with the planer, jonter and table saw. Built some “jackstands” to get the gate to a better working height. Laying out the geometry. Cutting on miter saw. Cut rabbets with the router. Chamfer with rout...

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Cedar Driveway Gate #10: Vertical Slats

11-15-2016 04:31 AM by WoodHoarder | 0 comments »

I decided to go with pre-milled tongue and groove slats from the lumberyard. They came in 10ft lengths so they were cut to length on the miter saw. The backs were really rough so I ran them through the planer. The channels were a little small so I thinned the edges of the slats where they fit into the channels with a block plane. I tried to match the color and grains as closely as possible to each other.

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Cedar Driveway Gate #8: Tenons and Some Details

06-23-2016 05:15 AM by WoodHoarder | 5 comments »

Last time was the mortises and now the tenons. I had a pretty rough time getting these cut. The biggest issue was getting the shoulders straight all the way around. The first technique was with a router and a jig. For the flat. For the edge. Having never worked with such large joints, this turned out to be incredibly tedious and I couldn’t get the shoulders to line up. I tried table saw, hand saw…. wasn’t working. So, needed a new tool. Enter Stan...

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Cedar Driveway Gate #7: Cutting the Mortises

06-12-2016 08:04 PM by WoodHoarder | 0 comments »

Now that everything is laid out flat and square, the mortises need to be cut. I used to have a desktop version of the mortiser. The full size powermatic makes the job much easier. Final cleanup with the hammer and chisel. Next time tenons. Here’s a little teaser.

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Cedar Driveway Gate #6: Whats in an arc

05-30-2016 05:57 AM by WoodHoarder | 1 comment »

I’m gonna focus a bit on how I made the arc as it is a little more complicated than the rest of the process. To get the arc to the right proportion, I needed to laminate two pieces of wood. Here, I am laying out where the arc will fit using my template. I’m used biscuits for alignment and to hopefully protect against de-lamination. It’s important to lay out where the biscuits are so that they don’t show when the arc is cut. Biscuits are cut. ...

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Cedar Driveway Gate #5: Dimensioning the Stock

05-27-2016 04:25 AM by WoodHoarder | 3 comments »

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....

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