ON MY HONEY-DO LIST SINCE 2017

Introduction: ON MY HONEY-DO LIST SINCE 2017

About: In my shop I have a name for hammer, saw, and plier. The saw is Tess, the hammer's Joe, and Glumdalclitch is the plier. Yes, I'm brillig, and my slithy toves still gyre and gimble in the wabe. With that, le…

The Gate of Wrath.

We moved into our house on Oct. 31, 2017. We have a little rescue dog. A Yorkie. Her name is Pixie. To keep her from getting out, this was one of the first things Wifey put on my Honey-Do List. Originally, the warpage was blocked by a small piece of wood. Over time, the gate warped more. I kept upping the thickness of the wood I wedged in the gap. Eventually I was using a 4 x 4 block. Then we added another rescue to our menagerie. We named her Bunny Mouse because she hopped around the yard like a bunny and squeaked like a mouse. She's a Chihuahua/Mini Pincher mix. She started out very small. Then her legs began to grow. And one day I was curious about what got our two cats, Smoochy and Snickers, so excited out the side window. When what to my wondering eyes should appear? A miniature dog with long legs. There was Bunny Mouse out of the yard. It was time to build a new gate.

Step 1: THE ESCAPE ARTIST

Here is Bunny Mouse in all her long-legged glory.

Step 2: THE PLANS

I jotted down all the measurements on the existing gate.

Step 3: MATERIALS AND TOOLS

I used pressure treated 2 x 4s and standard fencing pickets from Lowe's.

The tools used were few. My miter saw, pocket hole jig, drill, screws, socket set, and, of course, my tape measure.

Step 4: THE FRAME

Pocket screws were used to build the frame.

Step 5: DOUBLE THE FUN

It is a double-sided gate and fence system. I took my time measuring the spacing on both sides. Exterior deck screws were used to secure all the pickets. It weighed a ton. I couldn't lift it. I contemplated "walking" it around the house to the backyard like the Rapa Nui of Easter Island moved the Moai stone heads. In my youth, I could've finagled the fence around the side of the house and installed it, but as I am just two months shy of becoming three-quarters of a century old, I called my two sons for help. Needing only one of them, my youngest agreed to help.

Step 6: MY SON HELPED

I loaded it in the back of the car and drove around to the backyard. My son and I took off the warped gate and installed the new one.

Step 7: DONE!

It only took me 2 1/2 years to be able to check this off my Honey-Do list.

Step 8: WELCOME TO MY WORLD...

Welcome to my world.

Won't you come on in?

Miracles, I guess, still happen now and then.

Step into my shop.

Leave your cares behind.

Welcome to my projects.

Built with you in mind.

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3 Comments

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MacH21
MacH21

1 year ago on Step 8

Looks great, gives me motivation to rebuild a similar dodgy gate. Did you consider "weathering" it to match the fence? I have successfully done that with a vinegar and steel wool solution. Great work!

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Kink Jarfold
Kink Jarfold

Reply 1 year ago

Oh, yes, I gave it some thought. Not a lot of thought, but some. I added it to my Honey-Do list and I'll get on it right away. I just have a few other projects I'm working on first.

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yooper kid
yooper kid

1 year ago

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