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Sons Merbau gate brace...sorta!

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Project by robscastle posted 06-12-2021 09:59 AM 596 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No 3 Son called me up to check his gate on the court yard it appeared to be dropping, so I stopped my tongue Drum project and went to take a look.

He had a gate somebody had built using Merbau panels and just butt joined two panels together with no cross brace, for support. I took a look and said take it off bring it over after work and we can fix it in a couple of hours.

So after work the next day he loaded it up on the roof racks and set off, however in the 90KPH zone the wind got under it and lifted the butt section snapping the gate at the finger jointed sections and subsequently landed it all on the road!
See picture No 6, well it was beyond repair apart from some frame parts.

So off shopping for frame parts and slats all were not available so we bought a 90 mm x 90 mm 3.2 m length of merbau and set to work milling it up.

We cut the slats and rebuilt the frame adding some corner braces for strength

not having a work area big enough we had to build it in the drive way, much to the amusement of passing pedos

got every thing fixed and had the job done in a day and a half

Rehung it and its now making its opposite partner look a bit shappy , but oh well it started out as just a cross brace needed !
Obviously whoever built it originally had no concept of Rail and stile construction or the need for cross bracing.

Materials
1 x length of Merbau 90×90 mm x 3.2m for the slats milled up at 6mm x 60mm
2x lengths of Merbau 19m x 55 about 3 M
144 20mm screws for the slats
18 x 40mm screws for the frame and cross brace
22 pocket hole screws for the frame.

now where is my tongue drum donger?....standby tomorrow!

-- Regards Rob





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 06-12-2021 10:32 AM

should have been a save but turned out to be a nice build – probably won’t be too long before you make it’s mate

-- 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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robscastle

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#2 posted 06-12-2021 10:40 AM

Yeah Correct Dick I commented about the sloppy mate, have you you noticed you cannot buy continuous lengths of timber there days its all finger jointed stock? or another word starting with S

-- Regards Rob

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Eric

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#3 posted 06-12-2021 11:00 AM

Good save a a good helping hand, sounds like next weekend is for the mate. That must have been have been a site to see on the roadway

-- Eric, building the dream

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robscastle

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#4 posted 06-12-2021 11:10 AM

Hi Eric,

Yeah wouldn’t want to be following behind that’s for sure.
Luckily all was clear.

I don’t think he let on back home what had happened,... just said he dropped it!

I think you may be right regarding the second half.

-- Regards Rob

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 06-12-2021 11:55 AM

Nice, Rob! I haven’t had problems buying continuous lengths of timber, but I’ve mostly been shopping for pine, which grows tall up in Colorado. But the price on it has gone up so much recently, that it’s almost cheaper to buy hardwoods.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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recycle1943

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#6 posted 06-12-2021 12:30 PM

I haven’t bought any lumber save some plywood for years, lucky for me I have a lifetime stash of rough cut timber I’ve gathered off craigs list and facebook.

-- 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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Ivan

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#7 posted 06-12-2021 04:06 PM

Pretty succssesful project!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 06-12-2021 04:22 PM

Good job there Rob.

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robscastle

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#9 posted 06-12-2021 08:54 PM

Speaking of Plywood look at that this premium lot at Bunnings for $58 a sheet.

2400×1200 Bargain fire wood !
Fancy even displaying the rubbish!

The assume at least third of the stack has been sold , looking at the end brand

Maybe its the whole stack for $58 !

-- Regards Rob

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crowie

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#10 posted 06-13-2021 06:12 AM

That’s banana brand timber products for sure Rob,
but regular timber feather in a particular hardware warehouse….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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woodshaver Tony C

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#11 posted 06-13-2021 11:42 AM

Sorry to heare about the gate taking flight and landing on the road! But now at least it’s built the right way this time!
Nice work Rob!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 06-14-2021 05:13 AM

I always was fond of the big sliding gate’s looks. Great job on this one. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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