I purchased a “fixer upper” that needs lots of work. Now that I am retired, I have the time to take a basic woodworking class. I intend to build a gate for my final project. Ambitious for a beginner, I don’t want a basic gate. I want to design my own custom gate with mortise and tenon joinery. I also want to use small branches that I pruned from my trees to make pickets. I want a look that is similar to Japanese bamboo fencing. I also want to tie the gate design in with the house with a feature that mimics the half circle windows in the front of the house. Since the Mojave winds have blown latches off of my existing wood gates, I intend to make a wood latch (similar to wood bars on fortresses) that will hold.
So far I have studied the following links:
For this Semester’s Final Project I will make the sidewalk gate. Driveway entrance gates will be future projects.
Materials I Think I Need for the Sidewalk Gate
2 Redwood 4″x4″x 6′ posts.
3 2″x 6″ Redwood boards in length(s) divisible by 4’6″ for rails
1 1″x 12″ redwood board to frame half circle
2 2’x 6″x 6′ redwood boards to make jams
2 2″x4″ boards for jams and wood latch
2 2″x4″x ? to make diagonal braces Need to look up some trig functions here.
3 Lath panels 2’3″ x 8’1″ for “bunny screen”
1 Quart Oil Based paint for lath panels – to match window trim
1 Quart dark brown stain
1 quart exterior polyurethane – mat finish
Many 1/2 inch+ diameter pruned branches for pickets.
3 automatically closing hinges (escape artists in the household)
Epoxy putty to set anchors in masonry
Hammer drill – rental?
Input from experienced woodworkers is welcome.