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Marking, cutting and trenching the members
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 Page 1.
The members marked, cut and trenched (grooved)
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 (Page 1) 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 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 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 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.