Cedar Gates

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Project by DalyArcher posted 01-01-2019 12:10 AM 3130 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A little late posting this one. Our daughter ( 18 months old) developed a fascination with the front yard this summer and was not content keeping to the backyard where her mom could keep an eye on her while gardening. What better excuse for a fun little project than to keep my little princess safe!

Contacted a local mill and ordered some rough cedar. Milled it all up and set to crafting a set of gates. I decided on wedged through mortise and tenon joinery. I built a jig to cut the mortises using a straight bit and guide bushing. I do wish I had found a longer bit, I think I had a 1 1/2 inch bit, so true 4 inch wide stiles meant a fair bit of chisel work to finish the mortise.

The panel is made up of tongue and groove panels with the center stiles set with a short stub tenon, all floating a grove milled in the rails.

25 odd hours to build a set of gates, true, I could have hammered out something in a short afternoon, but where would the fun have been in that. I still have to set a support wheel on the right hand gate. The left hand, active gate is hung to a post which is firmly affixed to carport, but the right post is only set in a saddle bolted to the top of a wooden retaining wall and has a bit of sag to it.

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#1 posted 01-01-2019 12:31 AM

Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#2 posted 01-01-2019 05:49 AM

Very nice work, did you put any kind of finish on it?

-- Vince

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#3 posted 01-02-2019 01:03 AM

Love how it turned out. Congrats.


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#4 posted 01-02-2019 07:07 PM

Vince, I hit them with a semi solid (or semi-transparent) water based stain to match our back fence. I think the colour is golden straw.

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