Southwest Style Gates

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I built a few of these for my back yard a couple years ago, however they needed a bit of refinishing. I decided to go ahead and take a pic of gates after I refinished and mounted them back up. I still need to adjust the hinges for the gap in the middle. I’ll do that when I finish the other one. I didn’t feel like spending all day sanding, so I just knocked off the flaking and gave them a quick sanding and finish. I’ll usually refinish them one a year, but last year I didn’t find the time, so they weathered a bit more than I would have like to see, so you can still see a few areas where the wood darkened from the sun. It gives them a little bit of character I guess.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#1 posted 04-04-2010 02:34 AM

nice gates jason ,

and as you know ,
with the brutal sun and rain and freezing weather we get in NM ,
the best we can do is keep on working a finish to them .

i do get mad at some client that expect things to last forever ,
with out doing anything to protect them .
front doors with no portal is the worst ,
and they won’t listen ,
” the architect doesn’t want to ruin the lines of the house ,
with a portal ”
great , ruin the front door instead !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-04-2010 02:44 AM

I used to have a friend that used to make doors/gates when I lived in Albuquerque and he used to say the same thing. I guess it’s their money but I know how long it takes to make those and what the tariff is too. Some people have more $$ than common sense I suppose.
Nice gates and darkening does lend character.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 04-04-2010 03:00 AM

Look very nice, what finish did you use?

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 03:10 AM

Hey Jay,
Nice design and finish.

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 03:18 AM

Thanks gentlemen.

When I first finished these, I used spar urethane, and after a year, it was beat up pretty good from the weather. This time I decided to go with CWF. I use CWF on my redwood pergola and it seems to be the only thing I’ve found to hold up halfway decent to the elements. We’ll see how well it does on these. If I can go 2 years between coats, I’ll be happy.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 03:41 AM

Very nice

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 04-04-2010 04:27 AM

These look great jayjay. Very nice job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#8 posted 04-04-2010 05:04 AM

Great looking gates

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#9 posted 04-04-2010 03:24 PM

Love your gates Jayjay. We had a great tradition of similar gates here in Norway at one time, but I haven’t seen too many new ones. Too bad because it does add a lot of beauty and character to a property. Maybe they could become more popular again if they could be opened with a remote control like our garage doors.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 04-04-2010 06:09 PM

Great work and design. Nice flow.

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

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#11 posted 06-05-2010 04:13 PM

Very nice, . Beautiful gates, what wood did you use ?

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#12 posted 06-05-2010 04:17 PM

These gates have a classic design well done Jason.

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#13 posted 06-05-2010 04:35 PM

Thanks again guys. boots, I made the main frame (rails/stiles) out of 6/4 rough cut ponderosa pine, which I ran through my planer to clean up. The slats are just pine T&G, which I picked up from a local supplier.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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