Do-it-yourself wooden swing gates. A beautiful gate to the house is always needed, and it's great when there is money to purchase and order.
But you can save money and put your soul into this element of the summer cottage to make wooden swing gates with your own hands.
When everything is set up, let's look at where to start.
Since the gate structure needs to be installed and fastened to the pillars, the latter should be installed correctly, with reliable and rigid fasteners. Even the slightest sagging should not be allowed.
Pay attention, that you should pay attention to the perpendicularity of the pillars to the ground, otherwise the geometric shape of the wooden swing gates will be violated. When calculating, remember that each pillar should be covered in half a brick, and this width should be taken into account in further work.
You can dig with a bayonet shovel or a small drill. The hole should be at least 1 m deep, and the diameter should be 12 cm larger than the diameter of the pillar, so that later this gap can be concreted with mortar.
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When laying, all the seams of the lower rows should be covered with the upper ones so that the order is as strong as possible. But at the same time, do not forget about the correctness of the angles - the same plumb line will help you with this. In order for everything to look aesthetically pleasing, and the drainage characteristics of the structure were increased, each post must end with a cap.They can be bought ready-made or cut from galvanized steel sheet.
To make a beautiful wooden swing gate with your own hands, you first need to process the beams. Further, blanks of the required size are made from them. So, for a conventional double-leaf gate, you will need:
When the workpieces are cut, process their surface with a woodworking machine or plane.
The frame will be assembled using a one-sided tenon.
By the way, for reliability, you can first cover the pins with epoxy glue. This is necessary to increase the rigidity of the joints.
Use self-tapping screws to attach the jibs to the beams.
Note, that if the gate is, for example, 2 m in height, then the frame should be calculated in such a way that the boards protrude by 0.2-0 ...
25 m. From this it follows that the frame should be 1.6 m high.
Important! If you decide to leave small gaps between the boards, then use a template for this - a wooden batten, and its length should be equal to the length of the sheathing boards. In this case, the thickness of the template should correspond to the step with which you plan to fasten the boards.
When the fixing is complete, the top of the boards should be cut in a straight line, and the cuts should be well cleaned with sandpaper.
First, hinges for swinging wooden gates should be attached to the leaves, and screwed into the bars with screws "wood grouses". Sash to the posts should also be fixed with "wood grouses".
Do not forget that before fixing the "wood grouse", it should be drilled in the right places to a depth of several cm. The hole diameter should be slightly smaller than the thread. Thanks to this trick, screwing in the screws will be much easier.
The special coating should be applied after installation.
When the wooden swing gates are ready, they will need to be processed, and for this we will use varnish and a primer.
Please note, that when buying a varnish, you should study its application areas, and precisely the possibility of using it outside. In addition, check the label for the maximum permissible operating temperature.
If "shells" are found, you need to seal them with a special putty for wood, and when everything dries out, you should repeat the grinding.
Use coarse sanding paper the first time and fine sandpaper the second time.
Do not forget that the application of a primer is mandatory, otherwise some parts of the gate may not be painted over, and they will start waves and bubbles form.
You can often see that wooden swing gates are decorated with iron forging - so the gates become more beautiful, look richer.
If you plan to use this element to decorate your gate, then take care of it in advance, even before sanding and painting. At the same time, during work, the tree should be covered with thin sheet metal to protect it from possible damage.
For tightness, seal the joints between metal and wood with sealant after the second varnish application, sometimes it is impossible to achieve tightness, and such measures will help prevent moisture penetration. Hurray, the wooden gate is ready! It remains to make a wicket.
Before you start make a wicket, you should prepare in advance, since a lack of materials can stop or even spoil the entire process technology.
So, you will need:
First, determine the distance between the supports. If you do everything correctly, the wicket will pass unhindered.Wooden posts or metal pipes can be used as a support (as described above).
Between the supports, the distance should be fixed with a piece of wire lying on the ground and fastened with something.
The technology is the same as for wooden gates.
From above, the wicket should be cut with a jigsaw in a straight line (or in the form of a wave, go in a zigzag, at your discretion). The door handle and lock are cut in last.
Congratulations, the wicket is ready!
As you can see, in order to make a wooden swing gate or a gate, you still need some skills in working with wood, so if you have neither the tools nor the skills, it is better to pay the work of a good specialist, since it is the gate that is the face of the house.
But if you know how to work with wood a little and want to do everything yourself, we wish you creativity and good luck!
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