Introduction: A Simple Garden Gate
An easy to build garden or paddock gate
Tools and Materials
Wood (I used approx 8 m of 100 x 40 decking)
50mm nails (about 60)
Coach Bolts (5)
Total cost about $55NZD
Step 1: Cut the Wood
I first measured the gap that I wanted the gate in. My gap was 1100mm so I cut the 5 horizontals at 1050. As I have a standard fence I went for 900mm height (2 pieces)
Step 2: Nail It All Together
I marked both vertical pieces with the positions for the horizontal parts. I then fixed both ends with one nail and checked for square by measuring diagonals. Once square I nailed up from both sides
Special Bonus Ible, I rescued the seat pad and back pad from an old computer chair in a skip (dumpster) which I use as a kneeling pad (I am getting on and my knees aren't what they used to be!!) The seat bit (not shown) still has the armrests on which makes it easier to stand up after a prolonged weeding/working session
Step 3: Cross Brace
Measured and cut a cross brace diagonal and nailed in.
Step 4: Fit Hardware
Drilled and bolted on hinges and locking device
Step 5: Hung Gate
Drilled holes for pivots and screwed in ( using a spanner as shown makes this easier )
Step 6: Put Gate in Place
Checked it all fit. Have to get a large staple for the chain as didn't have one at home. Total time about 40minutes to make and install.
Step 7: Alternatives
I have made quite a few gates, this one is wider so I have vee braced it and also doubled up on the vertical pieces to make it stronger
kunibert made it!