Making Your Own Personalized Wood Gate

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If you are in the process of installing a wood fence (through an outlet such as Morris Fence Co) around your yard, adding your own personalized gate can make a great addition and will give your property a bit of charm in the process. It is not that difficult to construct your own wood gate. Here are some instructions in the assembly of a wood gate and a few ideas on how to personalize it to make it your very own.

What You Will Need:

  • Electric Saw
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape
  • Gate Planks (1"x6" in 6 foot lengths)
  • 2" Nails
  • Hammer
  • Wooden Pickets
  • Electric Screwdriver
  • 3" Deck Screws
  • Hinges
  • Paint In Two Colors
  • Stencils

Construct The Frame

Measure the width between your existing posts and subtract two inches from this number. This will be the width of your gate, giving you a one inch clearance on each side of the gate so you can swing it open and closed. Cut two gate planks to this measurement to be used as the top and bottom plank of the gate. Cut two planks to the desired height of your gate, to be used as the vertical sides.

Construct a frame by placing the smaller pieces of wood between the vertical pieces, at the top and bottom of the length of the wood. Nail the boards together, adding a middle horizontal piece if you feel the gate will need more support.

Adding The Pickets And Hardware

Nail pickets vertically to one side of the frame, attaching them to both the top and the bottom plank. You can place the pickets flush against each other or leave a small gap of space between each one, depending on what type of look you desire. Use an electric screwdriver to attach the hinges to the gate and the existing posts. Check the way the gate swings open and closed and loosen or tighten the hinges, if needed. 

Personalizing Your Gate

Paint your gate in a solid color and allow the paint to dry overnight. Use stencils to personalize your gate the way you wish. You can place your last name in bold lettering on your gate to inform the town who lives within or stencil on your house number so people driving past will know where they are located. Use bright-colored paint in a contrasting color so the lettering, numbering, or picture stencils that you choose will be seen instead of blending in with the rest of the wood. 

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