Bookcase/Gate for Wide Opening Between Rooms

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Project by basset posted 01-14-2018 03:44 AM 1182 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a wide opening between the kitchen area and family room in our home. Sometimes we want our dogs to stay in one of those areas. When we moved in a few years ago we put in a wide baby gate but the dogs finally wiped it out trying to go through the narrow opening side by side too many times.

As a result I designed this built this solution. Part of the opening is closed off by a bookshelf and I made a rolling gate for the rest of the opening that rolls behind the bookcase when it’s open. I. Tried to match our Arts and Crafts theme with this design. So far ithe gate has worked out great. It sure looks and functions a lot better than the metal baby gate.

The piece is made mostly from stained red oak that I had left over from past projects. I also bought some read oak boards for the top of the bookcase and the shelves. To fill in where I needed some wood I used some scrap black walnut as an accent wood.

The bookcase now holds the albums we’ve made for our AKC Champion Basset Hounds. Our youngest, Nadia, is curled up on the rug in the background. She’s watching from afar.

-- Don aka Basset Hound,

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#1 posted 01-14-2018 04:12 AM

Looks nice and is a great solution. Great project.

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#2 posted 01-14-2018 12:13 PM

Good design and build

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#3 posted 01-14-2018 12:46 PM

I love the design! This is a great idea.

-- AJ

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#4 posted 01-14-2018 02:11 PM

Great solution to a common problem. Does the gate have a latch to prevent the dogs from nosing it open? Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 01-14-2018 03:06 PM

You did a nice job on this project. The dogs seem to like it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 01-19-2018 04:28 PM

Great solution to a common problem. Does the gate have a latch to prevent the dogs from nosing it open? Thanks for sharing.

- leafherder

Yes, There is a latch to prevent the dogs from pushing the gate open.

-- Don aka Basset Hound,

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