Fence gate plans

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

Building a fence gate

Building a fence gate

 

Materials

  • 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

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws

 

Time

  • One Week

 

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How to build a fence gate

Fitting the posts

Fitting the posts

 

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.

Smart Tip: Alternatively, you could use posts anchors. Secure the metal anchors into concrete, as to lock the wooden posts into place properly. Align everything with attention and with great care.

 

Fitting the posts

Fitting the posts

 

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.

 

Building the gate frame

Building the gate frame

 

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.

 

Fitting the diagonal brace

Fitting the diagonal brace

 

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.

 

Cutting the ends of the diagonal brace

Cutting the ends of the diagonal brace

 

Pay attention to the diagram, if you want to make accurate cuts to both ends of the diagonal brace.

 

Fitting the pickets

Fitting the pickets

 

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.

 

Fitting the gate to the posts

Fitting the gate to the posts

 

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 top rafters

Building the top rafters

 

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.

 

Fitting the rafters

Fitting the rafters

 

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.

 

Fence gate plans

Fence gate plans

 

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.

Smart Tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Check out the rest of the garden plans featured on our website.

 

 

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