This step by step diy project is about fence gate plans. If you want to learn more about building a fence gate, pay attention to this project. Follow the instructions and pay attention to the diagrams and build the simple 48″ height gate in just one weekend, even if you are a beginner when it comes to woodworking.
You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. Taking into account the neat design, this wooden gate can match the style of any backyard. Mark the cut lines on the slats before making the cuts and use a jigsaw to get the job done. If you are looking for other designs or sizes, you should check out the rest of the animal plans.
There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tool when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure. Round the exposed edges with sandpaper or by using a good router.
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Fence gate plans
- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 132″ long POSTS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 35 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 47 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 42 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 51 3/4″ long FRAME
- C – 8 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 48″ long PICKETS
- D – 2 piece of 2×8 lumber – 44 1/2″ long RAFTERS
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
- Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws
- One Week
How to build a fence gate
Setting the posts in concrete is essential for the rigidity of the privacy. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to dig 3′ deep holes and to pour 2″ gravel on the bottom. Install the tube forms to the holes. Secure the posts with braces before filling the forms with concrete, making sure the posts are level.
After installing the both posts, we recommend you to make sure their top are perfectly horizontal. Use a slat and a spirit level to make sure the posts are at the same height. In addition, make sure the posts are plumb.
Build the frame of the gate out of 2×3 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions and lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the components and insert 3 1/2″ screws to create rigid joints. Make sure the corners are right-angled and align the edges with great care.
In order to enhance the rigidity of the frame, you need to fit a diagonal brace. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.
Pay attention to the diagram, if you want to make accurate cuts to both ends of the diagonal brace.
Next, lay the picket fence to the frame of the gate, making sure you place them equally-spaced. Drill pilot holes through the pickets and insert 1 1/4″ galvanized screws.
Fit the gate to the posts and secure it into place with appropriate hinges. Install a latch and make sure there is enough ground clearance to open and close it properly.
Building the rafters is a straight forward process, but you need to pay attention to a few aspects. Mark the cut lines on the 2×8 beams and get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper, before fitting them to the top of the posts.
Clamp the rafters to the top of the posts and make sure the edges are perfectly aligned. Drill pilot holes through the beams and through the posts. Insert 7″ carriage bolts to secure everything together tightly.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours. Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.
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