I would like to make a nice 3 foot wide by 6 foot high solid gate with a nice
simple look that includes a small window near the top.
I was considering 1x6 x3/4" thick cedar boards vertical on a hidden 3/4" plywood
core hiding the plywood edges with cedar inserts.
This would give me a nice 2 inch plus thick gate with no cross bridging at all.
Is the doable, and will it work?
I was going to use homemade copper hardware and glue to holed it together
The gate will have a nice beaten brass cap, I'll use exterior grade plywood and
the gate will be finished with a quality clear UV sealer.
I can even get that fancy green plywood used for concrete forming and truck
It's manufactured near here, but pricy. I have a buddy who works there who can
get me a sweet deal if I ask him.
I thought of a chunk of heavy sheet metal, maybe aluminum from a scrap yard but
haven't checked around.
Usually the plywood will twist once the humidity changes (more than a Z
brace door) imo. Baltic birch (interior glue) or a marine grade multi-ply
would give you a better chance of success than ACX/CDX.
What do you think of thinner marine plywood.
Maybe 3/8s or half inch.
I could move up to full 1 inch thick cedar boards both sides.
The plywood might have a tough time warping but would it provide the strength
for no sag.
I was considering a few nice beaten copper bands across the gate.
I beat the hell out of copper water pipe until it's flat to make these.:)
I could insert a flat steel bar into the almost flattened water pipe for more
The more copper the better anyway. It gives me the look I want.
That is the main idea. I want it to look as heavy as possible.
To match the big gate posts and archway. I'm going for an old Japanese style.
I want the gate to feel substantial when you open it as well.
I just finished building a gate that will stand the test of time and kids
swinging on it.
The posts are 3" steel tubing - two per side - welded together - buried 2'
The street facing fence and gate sections are 1"x6" Cedar slats screwed to a
1" square tubing frame.
The gate has two sections. Section one is only 14" wide and is held
stationary by a cane bolt.
The main gate section is 40" wide and is also 1" square tubing. The hinges
are weld-on with zerks for lubrication.
This gate is so strong you can tell the kids "Get out of the house and go
play ON the gate!"
The Borgs and LeeValley sell a "gate kit". The kit consists of 4 reinforced
angle brackets sized to accept 2x4's for the gate framing. 2 of the
brackets have door hinges attached. This kit typically sells for $30. I
have probably built 5 or 6 gates with this gate kit and the gates are still
quite sturdy and NO SAG. The gat goes together twice as fast as those with
pickets, z-bracing on the back a bunch of nuts and bolts.
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