Built Front Yard Gate

Last summer, I mostly finished building a fence around my property.  This summer, I will finish it the rest of the way.  One of the things left to do was build a gate in our front yard.

Gate needed. New fence to left, old fence to right.

Gate needed. New fence to left, old fence to right.

As you can see from the picture, there is a gap between the new fence on the left (which I recently built), and the old fence on the right.  Just beyond this gap is a fairly steep drop off, and a future pathway down to the road below.

The next step was building the gate.  This wasn't as simple as could be hoped, since the new fence was plumb, while the old fence tilted outward (into plane of photo).  Luckily, the two fences were only non-parallel in one direction.

Basically, I took four pieces of wood, as shown below, and attached them together with 2x4 fence brackets.  (Note that at this point, there was only a frame, and the boards weren't yet attached to the frame . This came last).  To hang the gate without an extra hand, I placed a 2x4 across the top, between the old and new fence.

Hanging the gate.

Hanging the gate.

Then, I used an adjustable clamp to raise/lower the gate.  Once it was suspended (some balancing required), I used a shim on the upper right side of the gate (where the latch, which wasn't yet installed, is), so that there would be a good gap while the gate was hanging.

Next, I built a little "2-piece jig" to hold the frame in place (see below).  The jig was screwed into the new 4x4 fence post (left), the gate frame (on both sides), and the old fence on the right.  This locked in the alignment.

Jig to hold gate frame in place.

Jig to hold gate frame in place.

Once the gate alignment was locked in place using this jig, I then screwed in the redwood planks to the frame.  No diagonal spanner was required to keep it square, since each redwood plank had multiple screws in it.  Once the planks were all screwed in, I removed the jig, and put the gate latch on.  Final outcome below!

Jig to hold gate frame in place.

Gate Closed.

Jig to hold gate frame in place.

Gate Open.

All done!

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