Cedar Hobbit Gate

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Project by Nick Graber posted 08-10-2011 03:11 PM 5848 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This gate was built out of necessity due to my dog not wanting to stay in the lawn. The gate was built using mortise and tenon joints and the panels sit within a dado. The arch was unfortunately made with a jigsaw and cleaned up with a belt sander. It would of been much easier to use a band saw and router jig. All in all I am happy with the end results… being that the dog is now trapped within the lawn as log as I don’t stand with the gate open.

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#1 posted 08-10-2011 03:29 PM

Any suggestions on a low maintenance finish to keep the cedar looking new?

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#2 posted 08-10-2011 03:56 PM

On my deck I used a product I picked up a Menards, I do not recall the brand anymore, sorry.

I used a ‘cedar tone’ tinted version that was claimed at 5 years of keeping everything looking nice. In practice it went about 2 looking great (water running off, etc), 3 looking ‘ok’.

However here in the 4th year it is looking very ragged. The horizontal surfaces suffered first, so you may be better off since this is a gate.

I plan to clean it up and reapply this year.

That same company does make a clear that I think was claimed to last 3 years, but based on my experience with clear you probably want to plan to reapply yearly.

If you are looking to maintain the cedar color, rather than let it go grey you primarily you want something with good UV protection, and don’t believe for a second the claims on the can for how long it will last.

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 08-10-2011 04:37 PM

Thats a real nice gate you have made there. Keeping the wood like new is(almost) impossible. Like Murdock write: dont belive the claims on the can…:) but anyway a gate like this will also look real nice with years of patina.

Well done :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#4 posted 08-10-2011 05:45 PM

Great job….. Olympic deck cleaner works real good at cleaning up the wood after it starts getting dirt stained but I don’t know of anything to keep it looking clean.

-- Robert: Life is all about the stories ~

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#5 posted 08-10-2011 06:34 PM

Very nice fit and finish…....

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 08-10-2011 07:01 PM

Very nice looking gate…. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 08-10-2011 07:56 PM

Nice looking gate. Very similar to the one I did recently. I used an Olympic deck and fence sealer stain on the mine. It still looks great but it has only been a couple of months and it is under a breezeway.

-- Hskrfan

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#8 posted 08-11-2011 12:34 AM

I just built one a few months ago which I will post when I have the time. I used cedar and finished it with Waterlox (exterior/outdoor). Company claim it has UV protection and waterproof. Well, it’s been a few months now (4 or 5 maybe) and I still don’t see any difference or fading since I first applied it. But we’ll see, I’ll get back to you in a year or so.

-- blackivory69

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#9 posted 08-12-2011 01:50 AM

That is a real nice Gate.Did a nice job designing it also.I built a screen door out of cedar and used spar urethane on it.It has been up for 3 years and so far still looks the same.And it is in a spot that gets direct sunlight all day long

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#10 posted 08-12-2011 06:16 PM

Well, You could use the dipping method beekeepers use on hives, but there probably isn’t a tub bigg enough or enough parafin and microcrystals available. It’s been said the hives don’t require any painting for 10-15 years if a do it right. Maybe if the pieces were don individually? Far out thughts – but hey – we Lumberjocks do some crazy stuff.

Really nice lookin’ gate, though.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#11 posted 05-31-2018 04:24 AM

Do you have a picture of the other side? Trying to visualize construction. Thanks.

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