Getting ready to crawl...Grandma to the rescue

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Project by KimAccurso posted 11-16-2018 01:23 AM 1232 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My step-daughter and son-in-law asked me to make a sturdy baby gate for the stairs to their basement – one better and more sturdy than they could purchase in a store. Oh boy, that’s serious grandma responsibility on the line! They wanted the top and bottom to match the stair railing already in place (lucked out – standard big box railing). My son-in-law is an engineer and sent me the most detailed schematics of the current stair railing and all measurements, I could never have been so exact myself! So I bought the railing and routed a 1” mortise through it for the top and bottom. The verticals are made from pine with spacers in between. I found the self closing gate hinges that also came with the latch. They are super sturdy and I’m pleased with their self closing capability. They wanted the brown to match their current railings but we couldn’t find any paint in their basement so I got a rattle can of ‘espresso’ and lucked out – exact match! I taped off areas to be glued and painted all the parts before assembly. Fairly easy project and was fun to make and install for them (even though I made a big mess as you see in the photos :))

Thanks for looking!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#1 posted 11-16-2018 02:10 AM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 11-16-2018 02:35 AM

Nice job on the gate, Kim. I think I will need to do the same at our house when I get home in the spring.
Good color combination, too.

Cheers, Jim

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#3 posted 11-16-2018 03:12 AM

Great job

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 11-16-2018 03:28 AM

excellent work Grandma Kim GREAT JOB :<))

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#5 posted 11-16-2018 01:09 PM

Thanks guys! Might not be a work of art but it is definitely sturdy enough!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#6 posted 11-17-2018 06:49 AM

That is definitely a requirement and, it looks much better than any of the shelf!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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