We needed to build and install a gate on the deck to complete the building part of the deck, still need to seal it (eke). Wanted a gate in place to keep the kids on and animals off.
This was one of the few times that I did not draw up the work piece in sketchup before starting to build, had an idea in my head and did not want to spend my quality Saturday the time drawing it up. Ran into a few issues because of not having a plan but it worked out okay.
The plan was to have a two panels that swung away from each other, one side smaller then the other so we would have a adequate opening when we opened the up-pinned side. Check out the build video to see all the action.
Please like, share and subscribe if you like what you see!
The gate is built out of four 8′ pressure treated 2x4s and a few scraps from the decking for the pickets.
Before starting the gate I needed to put a spacer board between the top and bottom railing of the staircase. Had a goofy angle on the top so it took a few tries.
It was at this time that the wife made a visit to the shop and suggested that the gate looked too bulky, I agreed but thought that we needed to keep it the way it was because of the way the hinges mounted. Looked at the hinges and decided that we could mount them so that I think they are backwards but it works out for several reasons; we can cut the gate profile down some, hinges don’t solely hang on the spacer boards that I just put up, more weight on the railing pole.
So I cut the dadoed boards in half and cut all the frame boards to the new proper width. Also put a round-over on the frame so it would match the rest of the 2x4s.