Dog gate

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Project by Ron Henricksen posted 09-10-2014 07:53 AM 1854 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the summer we had new carpet installed in the entire upstairs of the house. So my dear friend in the third photo lost his right to go up there. My wife and I have been trough many manufactured dog gates and they have always disappointed us. So I told her I would design one that would meet the four criteria we really wanted in a gate.
1) Would open without a latch 2) Would close automatically 3) no bar on the floor to step over 4) be able to stay open when the dog is outside (magnetic door stop).

This gate worked out so well when I installed it to verify my sizing and make sure everything worked the family wanted it back the first night it was down for finish and painting the wall.

It would have turned out nicer if I had gone after 8/4 mahogany but it was a bit of a rush as the carpet was already on the floor.

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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#1 posted 09-10-2014 08:36 AM

Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 09-10-2014 11:50 AM

Looks great! I could use one of those with the same criteria in mind – Please share how the gate latches without a latch, magnets?

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 09-10-2014 01:29 PM

Reason number 748 why not to own a dog.
Or perhaps this is a good reason to own a dog… you can make something out of wood. Guess I never thought of it that way before.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 09-10-2014 04:50 PM

The closing feature on the gate is three part. The gate pulls open toward the dog side, without fingers this is tough. The hinges are self closing door hinges that can be adjusted with an allen wrench. There are in fact two magnets in the door stop on the side opposite from the hinges. I also had to add some rubber stops since if you let it go it shuts with a bang.

When I completed it the dog took one look and walked away, he is a bit afraid of it. Just as well.

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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