Stair Gate Guard for Grandbaby

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Project by mls posted 12-07-2014 11:16 PM 3230 views 14 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well the new grandbaby has started to crawl at 8 months old so Paw Paw got an urgent new project. We needed a stair gate guard. My wife and I really wanted one that would go well with the red oak stair case. I designed it with a sliding hinge that allows the gate to be lifted about 2 inches vertically. This movement allows the oak pin on the latch side to engage and disengage from the hole in the oak latch bracket mounted on the newl. The gate will open in either direction. It can be stored along the wall if the baby isn’t in the house. I used the bronze colored tubes that Lowes sells for decks for the verticals. They come in a package of 10 pieces. You can buy the plastic connectors that screw to the upper and lower rails to accept the 26 inch long tubes. This permitted me to use the thinner and lighter oak stock (13/16 inch) since I didn’t have to drill holes for the 3/4 inch diameter tubes. I spaced the verticals on 4 inch centers so that the cats could travel through the closed gate. To operate the gate you simply grab the top rail at about the center of the gate and lift to disengage the pin and swing the gate in either direction. For added safety, lifting at the latch side will not lift the gate since the lifting action so far from the hinge puts the sliding hinges in a bind. But lifting at the center of the gate or closer to the sliding hinge very easily lifts the gate. Its a simple mechanism but very effective. A secondary sliding lock could be easily added if desired or needed.

The gate works perfectly and my wife is very pleased – which is the mark of any successful project.

-- Mike ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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#1 posted 12-08-2014 12:43 AM

Great gate project. This is exactly something that we need for a very similar set of stairs. The gate looks very good.

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#2 posted 12-08-2014 02:38 AM

Very nicely designed and executed Mike. Well, done.

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

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#3 posted 12-08-2014 04:44 AM

Thanks Mike. We’ve got a grandson who went from walking to running, and is a lot faster that Grandpa. Will be “borrowing” your design for a gate on the patio which leads to a 7 acre lake. Let me know if you come up with a gate or structure that we can strap to him to keep him in our eyesight, lol. Thanks again.

-- I've almost got all the tools I need, almost.

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#4 posted 12-08-2014 04:19 PM

Very nice in both the ease of use and design so they aren’t an eye sore like most child gates.
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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#5 posted 12-08-2014 07:15 PM

Looks a lot better than the crap I bought when I got mine.

I do have a concern about the locking mechanism. Baby gates are rated for their application and “top of stairs” gates have to have higher rating due to their location. The little one won’t be able to lift it now but they grow up fast and copy what they see.

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#6 posted 12-08-2014 07:41 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I will keep an eye out for any indication the young one might be able to open it later. I expect however, that by the time she could open it, she will be able to navigate stairs on her own.

-- Mike ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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#7 posted 11-18-2018 01:26 PM

Thanks so much for posting this project, my grand daughter is almost walking, and I got the call “Daddy”! This is exactly what I needed to see.

This is one of the reasons I love this website, we all share freely and we all are better woodworkers as a result.


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