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Making Driveway Gates
double driveway gates
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How to make a pair of lumber driveway gates page:   two
bullet Page one: Introduction - Plans - Lumber
arrow Page two: Marking, cutting and trenching the members
bullet Page three: Constructing the bottom T&G panel
bullet Page four: Constructing the top lattice panel
bullet Page five: Adding additional strengthening
bullet Page six: Gate installation
bullet Page seven: Gate hardware
bullet Page eight: Under-gate extension (part 1)
bullet Page nine: Under-gate extension (part 2)
bullet Under gate extension VIDEO

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NOTE: This example explains how these particular gates were made to a specific size for a specific job.
Chances are, your gates will need be a different width and probably open over a different ground contour. Therefore, use this example as a guide only and make any necessary adjustments.
The plans and dimensions for these gates can be seen here .

The members marked, cut and trenched (grooved)


marking the curve on the gate rails Marking the curved top and bottom rails

The gate top and bottom rails were cut out of 240mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 9 1/2") stock. Refer to the plans for dimensions and drawings showing the curved shape.

A strip of thin wood was bent in a curve and used to mark the cutting line.

cutting the curves on the gate rails
Cutting the curved top and bottom rails

Because the curve cut was gradual (not too sharp), it could be cut using a circular saw.

NOTE: The circular saw blade was set to a depth just slightly more than the thickness of the lumber and the cutting blade had reasonably big teeth.

marking the parallel arch with a scriber
Marking for the second cut

A scriber (just a stick with a guiding nail in it) was used to mark a line parallel to the first cut.

The second cut was also made using a circular saw.

making a trench in the gate rail edge
Making the trench (grove)

A 20mm (3/4) deep trench was made with a router in the bottom edge of the top rail, the top edge of the bottom rail, both edges of the middle rail and one edge of each vertical stile.

The width of the trenches was slightly wider than the thickness of the tongue and grove and lattice respectively.

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