stair gates

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Project by Scott Parsons posted 11-06-2012 07:50 PM 5399 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These three gates were made to function as barriers for a small child and pets. The wood is ash which I chose to colour and match to the floor and banisters.

I relied heavily on my love for art deco design to create a look that was unique but didn’t stand out inside the house, instead, the design is subtle and modest yet elegant. I took efforts to inlay the splines connecting the rails and stiles because it is one of my favourite design elements from the arts and crafts era. It’s very satisfying making them.

The finish is smooth to the touch with coats of Tung oil.

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#1 posted 11-06-2012 08:27 PM

Those are some really nice gates. I like the design. Good job!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#2 posted 11-06-2012 08:38 PM

Wow! Those are really elegant looking and great craftmanship. Wish I had your inspiration for these last year when I needed to build one. Thanks for the share.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 11-06-2012 08:55 PM

Very nice work, looks like you did a good job scribing that mount to the wall, too. Mind if I ask where you picked up that hinge? I have to make a baby gate soon, too.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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Scott Parsons

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#4 posted 11-06-2012 09:22 PM

The hinges are brass piano hinges I cut to length. The scribe was a challenge, I used MDF first to make a template then did the mounts in the shop. I used a poly glue as well as screws to attach them.

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#5 posted 11-07-2012 02:06 AM

Looks great in your existing space. Nice design and build.

-- Ben in Va

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#6 posted 11-07-2012 03:10 AM

Very nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 11-07-2012 06:24 AM

These do look great. I would like to see how they sit fully opened…....................

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

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Scott Parsons

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#8 posted 11-07-2012 11:55 AM

The last picture is one of the gates fully opened.

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#9 posted 11-07-2012 04:49 PM

The finished up looking exceptional. Well done.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#10 posted 11-07-2012 08:36 PM

Awesome! Very nice stair gates on my favorites now.

I really like them and probably will copy your design to keep my 6 months old son away from stairs danger.

Could you please share some construction details? wood thickness, hinges etc.

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Scott Parsons

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#11 posted 11-07-2012 11:32 PM

the frame is 3/4 thick and the panels are 1/2. Normal frame and panel construction although I added some dominos in the dado holding the frames. I made full 1/2 panels and routed the design using a circle as my marker. The hinge is a piano hinge cut to size.

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#12 posted 12-01-2012 07:58 PM


simple, elegant, and well done!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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