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How to build a wooden garden gate

Updated February 21, 2017

A wooden garden gate can keep small children and pets from entering or leaving the area of a lawn that is contained in a fence. It can also provide privacy. A simple garden gate is a project suitable for novice woodworkers. The only skill needed is the ability to make straight cuts. A small gate can be built in a short time. Mounting the gate is easier with the help of a friend.

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  1. Place a tape measure on the edge of the fence post and extend it to the fence post on the other side of the opening. Subtract 7.5 cm (3 inches). This is the correct width for the gate.

  2. Place the tape measure on the ground and extend it to the desired height of the gate. Subtract 2.5 cm (1 inch). This is the correct height for the fence boards. Then subtract 7.5 cm (3 inches) from that measurement. This is the correct height for the gate frame.

  3. Cut three pieces of 2.5 by 10 cm (1 by 4 inch) piece timber to the correct width with a handsaw. This is the top and bottom of the frame and the middle brace. Cut two sections of 2.5 by 10 cm (1 by 4 inch) timber to the correct height for the gate frame. These are the sides.

  4. Cut fence boards to the correct height. The number needed will vary with the size of the gate. Allow 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) between boards when determining the number needed to cover the frame.

  5. Arrange the top, bottom and sides of the frame in the correct positions on a flat surface. Place the side boards over the ends of the top and bottom boards. Secure the pieces by driving a nail through each corner with a hammer. Use a carpenter's square to ensure that the frame is square. Place the middle brace across the centre of the frame and secure each end by driving a nail through the frame into the brace.

  6. Place a fence board flush with the outer edge of the side and bottom of the frame. Secure by driving nails through the top, centre and bottom of the frame. Place a second fence board 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) from the first fence board and secure in the same manner. Add fence boards until the frame is covered. Trim the last board with a handsaw, if needed.

  7. Place a large hinge on the edge of the top of the frame. Secure by using a screwdriver to insert screws. Attach a second hinge to the bottom of the frame.

  8. Have a second person hold the gate in position in the opening of the fence. Place the hinges against the fence post and secure with screws.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 2.5 by 10 cm (1 by 4 inch) timber
  • Handsaw
  • Fence boards
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • 2 large hinges
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws

About the Author

Amy Kingston has been a professional writer since 2001. She has written articles for various publications, including "Health" magazine, "Jackson Parenting" magazine, the "Bolivar Bulletin" newspaper and "A Musician's Pursuit." Kingston was also published in "Voices of Bipolar Disorder."

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