I'm going to show you how to make a simple, yet long lasting wooden gate. This step by step guide assumes you have a basic knowledge of Joinery/Carpentry, have access to some hand/power tools and have some kind of workshop to put the gate together in - I have tried to keep everything as basic as I can, if you've got any questions then please ask them in the comments below! :)

The gate I'm going to show you how to make is a through, wedged, morticed and tenon jointed gate, with a  flat top gate (with protruding joggles - the pointy bits on the top corners). The gate shown is open boarded (you can see through it) and is 915mm high to the top of the joggles (850mm to the top of the top rail) and 750mm wide x 70mm thick.

If you decide that you'd rather a flat top gate then you will have to adapt the joints used in this guide as you will have to use a haunched morticed and tenon joint with wedges rather than the through, wedged morticed and tenon I am using here. You can read more on the differences between the two joints here

If you've got any questions or comments about anything I've said here then please leave them in the comments section below and I'm more than happy to explain anything in more detail if required. :-)

Tools required

Tools required will vary depending on what equipment you have in your workshops. The list below is the most basic kit list.

Hand tools
Tenon saw,
Hammer (or mallet),
Chisels 10mm, 25mm
Mortice chisel approx 15mm,
Mortice gauge,
Tape measure,
Sash cramps,
Bench hook,
G cramp (or similar cramp),

Power tools
Mitre saw,
Router (with half round bit and rebating bit - approx 10mm to 15mm)
Belt sander
Orbital sander,

I'll also be using a Planer/Thicknesser and Circular Saw as I'm starting with rough sawn timber.

Materials -

The next step assumes you are starting with rough sawn timber, if you've already got nice smooth planed all round timber (PAR) then please skip the next step and go to step three.

Step 1: Cutting List & Smooth Planning the Timber

I am starting off with rough sawn timber, this will first need to be cut to size, ripped down and planed etc. If you've purchased PAR (planed all round timber then you can skip this step).

As I am working with rough sawn timber I've added 50mm in length to all the sizes below, and an extra 5mm in width and thickness.

Rough sawn cutting list
Stiles (Vertical uprights) - 2 at 960mm long x 75mm wide x 75mm thick
Head/Toprail - 1 at 800mm long x 75mm wide x 75mm thick
Bottom rail - 1 at 800mm long x 75mm wide x 52mm thick
Open boarding - 7 at 850mm long x 75mm wide x 20mm thick
Diagonal brace - 1 at 950mm long x 75mm wide x 30mm thick

Cut everything to the lengths listed above, and if applicable rip to the widths and thicknesses again shown above.

Move on to your surface planer and plane a face and edge onto the timbers, making sure these are square (check with a square).

Once you've surfaced planed everything, put them through a thicknesser to smooth plane the remaining sides. Plane these to the desired sizes below.

Finished planed sizes as below -
Stiles - 70mm x 70mm
Head - 70mm x 70mm
Rail - 70mm x 48mm
Open boarding - 70mm x 15mm
Diagonal brace - 70mm x 25mm

Once this has been done you can move onto marking out.
Hi, beautiful gate, what wood would you recommend I use?
Thanks! Depends really on what you want to do with the gate once it's finished really, the one in the Instructable is in Meranti (Hardwood) as it's being painted. <br> <br>Personally I love Oak so that would always be my choice!

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Bio: 30 something Carpenter/Joiner from North Wales, UK. I love the smell of sawdust in the morning!
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