Oak interior Gate

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Project by jtpark posted 02-03-2011 12:03 AM 7076 views 26 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Interior gate that was comissioned by friends. Made of solid oak and is very sturdy and strong but is also easily removable from the wall.

The gate was made to block access to bedrooms for 2 small dogs and also for young grandchild when around. The lever handle was used for easier access while carrying laundry or whatever but has a locking mechanism on the back side to stop grandchild from opening.

The finish is General Finishes Java Gel stain with Arm R Seal satin finish on top of that. They wanted something that would be a nice piece of furniture and match their home instead of a crappy plastic baby gate that would get in the way all of the time. They requested it to be easily removable to be out of the way for parties.

The mounting mechanism took alot of thought and unfortunately I don’t have any photos yet. On one side, there is a blank perpendicular wall so that would be easy. On the other side, there was 1-3/4” width of wall beside of cabinet to mount to, 5/8” of which is drywall. What I came up with was to mount a 3-1/2”x 1-1/4” board to the wall. The outside sets of posts have Lag screws mounted in them that stick out 1/2”. I cut aluminum brackets to vertically recieve the posts of the lag screws and rounted out a sideways L-slot in the wood behind for the head of the screw. You lift up the gate about 3/4”, slide gate horriztonally with the lag screws in the L-slot to the middle of bracket and then lower into slot. The brackets provide stability forwards and backwards and has tension pulling outwards on ends to keep the door and frame aligned properly. To remove, all you need to do is lift up and pull out.

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#1 posted 02-03-2011 12:07 AM

That’s a very nice gate. What is it for and how is it attached to the wall?

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 12:16 AM

Very nice fit & finish! Assuming is for someone or something with no thumbs to pull the lever? (ie. a dog). We need something like this for the top of our stairs.

-- Less is More.....expensive

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#3 posted 02-03-2011 01:03 AM

Very stylish gate you’ve made here.

I really like the added interest the alternating hole sizing adds to the overall look and feel of the gate.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 02-03-2011 01:13 AM

looks really nice! you should see the make-shift gate i made for my dog! haha its pathetic compared to this!! what stain/finish did you use on that oak??? I generally dont like how oak looks – but i really like this

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 02-03-2011 01:15 AM

Very nice; I especially like the post design as well as the hole design. ( I guess “woody57 never had kids LOL ) ...but I would like to know about the wall attachment as you say it is easily removable.

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#7 posted 02-03-2011 01:16 AM

Wow! BEAUTIFUL!!! I need one of those for my dog!

-- Michelle

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#8 posted 02-03-2011 01:34 AM

Very nice. With my two kids it’s really hard finding baby gates that not only work but also don’t look terrible. Well done, this is a project I might have to do for myself.

-- Louis Marascio -- Houston, TX --

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#9 posted 02-03-2011 04:07 AM

nice design!

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#10 posted 02-03-2011 05:40 AM

Hey guys I have 4 kids and one granddaughter. I know what a baby gate is. I wondered what it was because he used a lever latch that could be easily opened by any child that can pull up on something. Is it working for your child?

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#11 posted 02-03-2011 01:14 PM

neat design…like it…..I need to build me one for my grandkids….......well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#12 posted 02-03-2011 06:08 PM

Cool gates, Looks nice. Love the color.

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

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#13 posted 02-03-2011 08:11 PM

Thanks alot everyone. I added a better description about the mounting mechanism so reread the description for details. Sorry no additional pics though.

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#14 posted 02-04-2011 12:56 AM

Thanks for the additional information. You really made a nice gate.
Thanks for sharing that.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#15 posted 02-04-2011 12:27 PM

Great looking project. I really like the inventive attachment system. I think that idea is going in the best shop tips personal file. Thanks

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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