Cedar Gate Handle #1: Cedar Gate handle - Start to Finish

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Blog entry by twobyfour16 posted 03-17-2013 05:29 PM 2461 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I recently built a new cedar gate & needed some handles. I didn’t want to go out & buy some, so decided to make my own. Inspired by “” CaptainAhab’s handles, I ended up with:

Here’s how I built them:
Starting with a lamination of 3 pieces of clear Cedar which I planed down to about 2 1/8” thick:

Obviously, I made a little template for the top curves out of 1/4” plywood & cut the top curve with the bandsaw.

Cleaned up the saw marks on the belt sander:

And some hand sanding:

I drew the rest of the cuts on the piece (poorly):

Then to the dado stack to make the first cut on both sides. I was just eye-balling the depth, as this was a design-on-the-fly deal:

Cut dado’s on both sides ending up with:

Moved the fence in & the dado up for my next cuts:

Ran it on both sides, moved the fence in a couple more times to end up with:

Needed some holes to put the mounting bolts through. First a recess with a forstener bit, the smaller hole for the bolt:

To the band saw for a couple cuts on each end:

Cut both ends off up to my lower cut on the bandsaw:

Cut the middle of the “leg” out on the bandsaw:

Didn’t need the “feet” anymore:

A little work with the hand saw to finish off the shoulder />

Back to the band saw to cut the angle on the top (yes, should have done this prior to cutting the “feet” off:

More sanding:

Second one went much quicker. I have another gate to build, so will make a couple more of these. They were surprisingly easy to make, and were a fun puzzle to work out. I am installing the gate this weekend, so will update with more photos later.

Thanks again to CaptainAhab for the inspiration. Feedback is always appreciated. Did I do this the hard way? Anyone see any unnecessary steps?
Thanks for looking.

-- Allan, Portland, OR

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