Stairway Gate

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Project by gtpreacher posted 11-19-2013 07:55 PM 4724 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On a recent visit to my daughter, son-in-law, and our twin grandchildren, I was asked to build a gate to protect the top of the stairs leading to the lower part of the house. They have a new dog in the house that they want to keep upstairs, so the cats can live in peace downstairs. A new grandchild is due in March, and the gate will also serve to keep a crawling, toddling child from tumbling down the stairs, while allowing her big brother and sister to play downstairs whenever they want. Being 900 miles away from my shop and having access to a limited selection of tools, I chose to build it from inexpensive standard dimensioned lumber from the local Lowes. The “gateposts” were made to fit around the stair posts without doing any damage to the existing structures and are held in place with cable ties. When the gate is no longer needed, they can simply cut the ties and slide the “gateposts” off. A quick project resulting in a nicely functional gate. The twins call it the “magic gate.”

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#1 posted 11-19-2013 09:25 PM

Nice job, I like the end result.

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

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 03:54 PM

Nice job, I like the idea of having the “gate posts” to protect the railing and make this easy to remove in the future.

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 10:09 PM

Genius, no damage solution.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 03:06 PM

Great idea! Like the gate posts and the use of the cable ties, convenient to disassemble when not needed anymore.

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