How to build big wooden gates

Updated July 20, 2017

Wooden gates can offer access to a pasture area, an entrance to a barn or a privacy barrier at the end of a driveway. Building a pair of big wooden gates is a fairly simple process. For illustrative purposes, a large 2.4 m (8 foot) space is used in the following instructions for the overall gate width.

Cut four 1.2 m (4 foot) pieces from two 10 cm x 10 cm (2 x 2 inch) boards for the top and bottom of both gates. Always subtract 2.5 cm (1 inch) off the overall width of the opening for extra space for the hinges and so the inside edges of both gates close together smoothly without smashing together.

Cut 32 83 cm (2 foot 9 inch) pieces from the 10 cm x 10 cm (2 x 2 inch) boards for the vertical beams. Sixteen will be used on each gate.

Sand all rough edges off the cut pieces. Apply wood stain or paint and allow to dry. Then apply water sealant to all pieces.

Place two 1.2 m (4 foot) sections parallel to each other 90 cm (3 feet) apart. Lay two 83 cm (2 foot 9 inch) sections vertically between them to form a 90 cm x 1.2 m (3 x 4 foot) rectangle. Drive a nail through both ends of each 1.2 m (4 foot) piece into the shorter pieces.

Equally space 14 83 cm (2 foot 9 inch) 10 cm x 10 cm (2 x 2 inch) boards inside the rectangle vertically between the 1.2 m (4 foot) sides for the bars of the gate. Drive a nail through both 1.2 m (4 foot) sides into the ends of each bar.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 and build the second gate.

Lay spacers on the ground where you install the gates and stand the gates side by side on top of them. Use two hinges to attach each gate to a fence post. Remove the spacers out from under the gates.

Keep the gates closed with a bungee cord. Another option is installing a latch on the gates.


Be cautious when using power tools.

Things You'll Need

  • 20 to 25 2.4 m (8 foot) 5 cm x 5 cm (2 x 2 inch)
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Sander
  • Wood stain or paint
  • Water sealant
  • Hammer
  • 6 cm (2.5 inch) nails
  • 4 heavy-duty hinges
  • 6 cm (2.5 inch) screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Bungee cord
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