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Project by studie posted 10-14-2009 09:43 AM 3986 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Custom sized gates for existing fences & decks make for an exiting opportunity to work with homeowners that have a vision. These are built with mortice & tenon joinery & I fabricate a steel grille at the top, finished using Sikkens DEK deck coating for extreme durability. Also I make the hinges to further support the rail sections.

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 10-14-2009 10:32 AM

Mighty fine looking Gate, Scott!! You do very good work, look forward to seeing more. Welcome to LJ’s, my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 10-14-2009 10:47 AM

In the last picture of yours (that of the whole gate) I like a lot the design of the lateral fences, with that elegant rhythm of different planks (I don’t understand why you didn’t do the same for the central door though). Have you drawn the whole gate before starting building?

-- Antonio

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#3 posted 10-14-2009 12:41 PM

Wow, I’m flattered that the response has been so quick, the fence was in place prior to the gate so I may have been shortsighted in my design, the customer liked it, but we all have to realize true form & function. Thank you for pointing this out. The thin strips in the fence seemed to be to weak for a gate but as a clean design I think strong construction outweighs details. I really like this site as so many great craftsmen are here to give feedback, thanks to all!

-- $tudie

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#4 posted 10-14-2009 02:05 PM

I agree that the fence looks good, but as you pointed out, it might not hold up as a gate. Terrific design and execution.

-- jstegall

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#5 posted 10-14-2009 02:07 PM

I’m betting that one heavy gate

Looks very nice

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 10-14-2009 02:25 PM

Great craftsmanship. Your design makes one beautiful gate.

-- John @

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#7 posted 10-14-2009 05:18 PM

A great looking gate well done

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#8 posted 10-14-2009 05:27 PM

Great looking gate and the grille adds that finishing touch.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#9 posted 10-15-2009 12:30 AM

When I bought my Jet hollow chisel mortice tool for the drill press the salesman at the store said that IPE would be to hard & I would have to sharpen the tool with every pass, not so at all! However each mortice took about 30 minutes or so & then I re sharpened for every one. I got a steel sliver in my eye while grinding the steel grille, 1300.00 at the hospital for not using 5.00 safety glasses!

-- $tudie

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#10 posted 10-15-2009 05:56 AM

Very impressive gate and work! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 10-15-2009 06:02 AM

You do great work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 11-07-2009 04:08 AM

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