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Forum topic by jamsomito posted 07-24-2018 04:16 PM 462 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2018 04:16 PM

First, here’s the design I’m looking at:

Has anyone had success with any particular hinge/latch combos that you’d recommend? I know the sky’s the limit, but I just don’t know what’s out there, what an acceptable price would be, or what would work best. I can’t really use a typical deck gate latch because of the small clearances required of the design.

I’m going to Woodcraft later today to browse their options, just wondering if anyone has experience with this and can recommend something. Thanks!


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#1 posted 07-24-2018 06:09 PM

It appears that those openings are big enough for a small head to get stuck in. The design is attractive, but maybe needs to have about twice as many members making up the grid.

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#2 posted 07-24-2018 06:25 PM

I can still make any changes to the design. I’m just wondering what kind of hardware would work in this configuration. I checked out Woodcraft earlier and they didn’t have anything. I swung by Home Depot and found a few things that might work… a simple deadbolt, and sliding latch, and something like a sliding door latch with a internal mechanism, but the latter was sized for a 1-1/2” thick door so I’d need to find something that could fit in 3/4” material.

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#3 posted 07-24-2018 07:55 PM

You might want to follow the same rules for the spacing as recommended for cribs which, if memory serves, is 2 3/8” gaps or less.

An ice box latch might be a nice touch (though I have no experience making baby gates). I have had good luck with D Lawless in the past. You can search for “latch” on their website to see other ideas. They are bound to have some nice looking hinges as well.

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#4 posted 07-24-2018 11:12 PM

I built the one above as well as 2 more for my old house. Easy to build and didn’t have to worry about any kids getting stuck or being able to climb over. The sky is the limit when it comes to the hardware tho. Put on whatever looks good
Only word of caution i will give is that there are pinching points with the swinging doors.

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#5 posted 07-24-2018 11:58 PM


Only word of caution i will give is that there are pinching points with the swinging doors.

- JCamp

I think this is important. It’s the one flaw I see in your otherwise very attractive design. Many of the commercially available baby gates have wide clearances at the hinge and latch stiles. I think a pin & socket hinge might be a good option as it will allow for an adequate clearance between the gate and the door frame for little fingers.

Would it be possible to have the gate swing between the two vertical columns and attach the hinges and latch to them?

Kinda like this:

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#6 posted 07-25-2018 02:05 AM

Yeah, great point about the pinch points, hadn’t thought of that. Interesting idea on the hinge and latch positions, Ripper. That leaves me with 25” opening to use the stairs though, not sure I want to limit it that much.

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#7 posted 07-25-2018 02:47 AM

It probably won’t work with your pattern but I’ve always thought that this gate by woodgears.ca was a clever approach to making a baby gate. I think that it uses gravity as lock it in place.

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#8 posted 07-25-2018 03:51 PM

I’ve used a Stanley café door hinge (swings both directions and can lock in the open position both ways). For the latch I used a simple barrel latch.

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#9 posted 07-25-2018 04:33 PM

Go to a store that sells baby gates and look at the types of latches they use. Most have special features that will foil young curious hands from being able to open them, which will be attempted as babies reach toddler size! The woodgears.ca version is clever (using gravity) though depending on its final location, toddlers may discover they can lift it up.

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