7 Foot Gate

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Project by TDog posted 06-30-2014 05:23 AM 1715 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I built this because I finally got sick and tired of repairing our 10 year old beat up original gate that came with our house. With our son’s 7 year old sports buddies climbing the old one and our yard guy trying his best to tear it down getting his zero turn mower in and out…I finally had enough of chasing our dogs and being late for work from time to time. LOL. Of course I love our 2 queenish poodles…some.

Construction Details
1×6 cypress slats sanded smooth on the show side in a 2×4 frame. I joined the frame with 6 inch large lag screws 2 per each corner recessed into the 2×4 using a paddle bit. I predrilled all holes to prevent splitting etc. I also reinforced the corners with metal brackets. I used all stainless steel screws to install all the slats onto the frame. I also have the other side not shown here with bracing and support for the large barn style strap hinges.

Trouble Shooting: My biggest problem with the old gate was the short factory supplied lag screws. After another year or two and heavy gate use, the screws will slowly pull out of the post and I would have to re-brace the gate and relocate the hinges on the post. Solution: This time I just built a new heavy duty gate. I used 8 inch long 5/16 bolts that went all the way through the hinge plates and the post and tightened down washers, lock washers, and nuts on the outside of the post. I did the same with smaller bolts on the gate. If you look closely you can see the large washers on the inside portion of the gate.

I will be putting a water seal finish on the 2×4 frame, but hey, if it rots over a few years… I like to create and build new projects and styles. I made it 7 foot tall to deter my boy and his friends from jumping it in addition to a good “tail chewing” if needed.

I also went with a very large hasp and latch with a large master lock.
I chose to prevent the wind from beating the latch to death by using the old slat across the gate trick similar to old barn doors. It may not look that great under the lock and handle, but it works great. No banging gate…
I will be putting in pavers recessed under the ground a bit to prevent any of our dogs from digging out after a heavy rain.

Materials Needed were plenty of 1×6 cypress board; about 8 two x fours, 12-16 of the 5/16 bolts, washers, lock washers, and nuts, new hinges, a new lock, new handle, plenty of screws for attaching the slats, and about 12 very long 5/16 lag screws for the frame. Pre drill, Pre drill, Pre drill,

I did get to improvise when I ran out of long lag screws for the frame. I actually had a bucket full of huge barn nails (iron) from the coffee table project in my projects section which were recycled from a 50 plus year old barn which I straightened and used on the frame for the door. That was actually fun and creative.

The frame and panel look is what I like most. I may get more creative with the framed door later, but I am watching the weight limit of the gate so the hinges don’t wear out anytime soon.

I spent 8 hours planning and building the gate one evening after work and the next night prepping it and measuring to mark and set the hinges and get the door set properly and put on all hardware. It was worth the work. I have had some folks in the neighborhood tell me it looked like a strong and nice one.

It was a blessing to build something and help out the family.

Tools used: drill driver; star bit, stainless steel screws, 6-8 inch lag screws, 8 inch 5/16 ’’ carriage bolts with washers, lock washers, and nuts, miter saw, table saw, marking and measuring saw, level, nails…

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#1 posted 06-30-2014 08:59 AM

Great looking gate. Question, I have built several gates on our land and was thinking of adding the slate locking system as well…can yours be opened from both sides? I hate walking up to a gate and finding out I can get through unless I either go around to take the lasp off or someone opens for me.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 06-30-2014 06:42 PM

It looks like an impenetrable force of constructed ferocity!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 07-01-2014 05:33 AM

Well it has to be opened from the side only shown in the view.
Could you post a pic of the lock system your refering to.
I am not that familiar with it. Thanks for the input.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#4 posted 07-01-2014 05:38 AM

I always like to do my best to shoot
For strength and functionality first and appearance second.
Where would we be if not for Roy Underhill and the
Continuance of those true American carpenters we
Aspire to….
I think we would be knee deep in cheap particle board and termites
Not functioning as advertised. Ok off that soap box now lol.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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