The Gate Project

I’ve been toying with the idea of replacing the driveway gate at my house for a while.  A lot over the past year, but it’s been on my mind – on and off – for the past 15 years.  Ever since I put in the original gate when we moved in here.  It was supposed to be a quickie job, just a quick fence to keep the dogs from wandering off.  It became more serious when a deer got trapped in the yard and smashed through the gate running at probably 40 MPH.  And then it happened again.  Later a delivery truck backed into it and bent one of the uprights.  Then my wife brought home a small dog (we have always had Greyhounds).  The problem with the small dog is she can go under the gate.  So my son tied the remains of a baby gate to the driveway gate.  It’s gone on and one like this, adding adjunct gate pieces and bunji cords.

It happened over such a long period of time that I’ve sort of gotten accustomed to it.  It’s a total white trash look, but it wasn’t until I took a picture of it to use as a guide to start sketching a new gate that I really noticed it.  It’s pretty embarrassing.  It’s just a cheap home center chain link gate.  I welded up some support extensions and bolted it to the existing block wall.  It looks worse from the inside than it does from the street, and we live in the woods so not a lot of people see it – but still…

Gate Closed, From Inside

Gate Closed, From Inside

Gate Open, From The Outside

Gate Open, From The Outside

So my plan is to build a wooden gate from Vertical Grain Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Redwood, make some giant steel strap hinges, some steel lanterns in the Greene & Greene style and do a little landscaping to clean this area up.  The hinges and drop-lock bar at the top will be steel weldments, powdercoated with a “oil rubbed bronze” color.  I need to design the wood stanchions and hinge parts that will go on the block walls, and the lanterns still, but this is a good step forward.  It’s probably enough to order the lumber.  As soon as I finish the hinge design I’ll have the parts laser cut and weld them.

Design For New Gate

Design For New Gate


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5 thoughts on “The Gate Project

  1. Jose Santiago

    Man is there anything you can’t do? I’m in awe, bench work, woodwork, leaded glass, metal work and now gate doors. You should be teaching this stuff. I am inspired by your work. Keep up blog. Thank you.

  2. Wow. I can’t wait till I see this finished.

  3. Bob Demers

    beautiful design, one heck of an improvement for sure!
    Curious to see how you are going to address the door sagging issues, those look like big massive doors.

  4. Thanks for the nice comments everyone. I think I can finish this before my son graduates high school, he will be a freshman next year 🙂

    I have some more work to do on the hinge mechanisms, but sagging is a concern. The gate framework will be constructed with pegged mortise and tenon joints, which should prevent the gate itself from racking. The giant strap hinges will help too, they are on both sides of the gate (front and back) and will be connected top and bottom with a strongback. As long as the existing block wall is up to the task of supporting it I should be OK.

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