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How to build a wooden gate that looks  great

How to build a wooden gate that looks great

 

How do you build a wooden gate that will last? let’s check

Prepare for the job like a pro. Wooden gates can be a handful for those with no manual skills or experience. Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary hand held carpentry tools and an idea of how you want the gate to look.

Here are some of the tools not to forget

drilling machines
screwdriver
one level
A miter saw
A jigsaw for the decoration phase
Plated deck screws (or stainless steel screws) if you need to assemble the frame (for best results, work with 3″ screws)
1 ¼ or 1 ⅝ of the same screws, this time for the sheeting
hinges
Estimate the size of the gate. Goals should not be wider than 4 feet. If that’s the case, you’re expected to add a second goal and get the two to meet in the middle.

Interestingly, the top and bottom of the entry are often different, and you’ll need to measure them before you begin.

The easier way is to rely on the narrow gauge and build a square gate. To make sure it looks good, take diagonal measurements as well.

Anchor and plumb the fence posts if necessary. You will do this to have peace of mind that your fence is strong enough to withstand the gate. If not, the jambs will likely wobble and be pulled sideways, which can cause the gate to sag.

To avoid such scenarios, consider the size of the fence and anchor the posts accordingly. They should stand firmly and not be able to move, and they should be straight up and down.

What exactly are we up to? A gate that is 4 feet tall will require 5″ x 5″ (12.7cm x 12.7cm) posts, ideally redwood. If you decide to make it two feet taller (1.83m), you will need 6″ x 6″ posts.

Get the frame dimensions. Preparing the frame shouldn’t be difficult at all as you will be preparing a simple 4 sided box that is slightly smaller than the opening of the gate.

With a 3×5 opening, for example, we recommend a 3×4 wooden frame (pay attention to weather resistance!). So don’t bother too much – leave as much room as necessary for the gate to open and swing and accommodate its hinges.

It’s best to use the same wood you used for the fence and change the color for a more versatile look. Redwood is a common choice for large wooden gates, but that shouldn’t stop you from decorating in your own way.

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