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I just built a craftsman gate!
« on: August 29, 2016, 12:31:21 AM »
I wanted to share a project that I just finished, a new Craftsman gate for our driveway fence.  And it only cost about $340, including the cost of a few new tools.
It was my first foray into the realm of wood-working, though relatively simple.  I bought and used a router for the first time and also used a loose tenon joinery system (Beadlock). 
I have a blog post that covers more of the details of building the gate and the cost and lots more pictures as well





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Re: I just built a craftsman gate!
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2016, 07:04:08 AM »
Very nice! I'd love to see another photo after you get them installed.

Is your home craftsman-style? I love craftsman homes, but they are very few and far between in my area.

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Re: I just built a craftsman gate!
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2016, 07:29:59 AM »
Looks very nice. Ah, another "hey just started, how's this?" post ;)

I have so far built... two basic plywood rectangles, which are the shelves on my table saw stand. I am so tentative about these projects. Need a boost of confidence or something. Thanks for sharing. Very inspirational. Great "first foray!"

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Re: I just built a craftsman gate!
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2016, 10:04:47 AM »
Very nice! I'd love to see another photo after you get them installed.

Is your home craftsman-style? I love craftsman homes, but they are very few and far between in my area.


I live in the SF Bay Area, so there are a number of Craftsman homes in the area.  Ours is not a Craftsman but we are trying to Craftsman-ize it somewhat as we go along.

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Re: I just built a craftsman gate!
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2016, 10:09:42 AM »
Looks very nice. Ah, another "hey just started, how's this?" post ;)

I have so far built... two basic plywood rectangles, which are the shelves on my table saw stand. I am so tentative about these projects. Need a boost of confidence or something. Thanks for sharing. Very inspirational. Great "first foray!"


Yes, it's a little of "check this out, look how great this turned out".  I'm still surprised because it turned out better than expected. 
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Re: I just built a craftsman gate!
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2016, 02:23:29 PM »
I looked over your blog pictures, you can't take all the credit, I see you had little helpers.
 Nice work. Don't you love a router, they do several jobs that would be real time consumers,
and things you wouldn't do if you didn't have one.

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Re: I just built a craftsman gate!
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2016, 10:40:44 PM »
They look great!  Nice work!

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Re: I just built a craftsman gate!
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2016, 11:49:16 AM »
I looked over your blog pictures, you can't take all the credit, I see you had little helpers.
 Nice work. Don't you love a router, they do several jobs that would be real time consumers,
and things you wouldn't do if you didn't have one.


Yes, you are correct. Those little ones are always good at making the work go faster.  ;)
And the router is great.  I am trying to think about all the fun things I can do with router now that I have one.

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Re: I just built a craftsman gate!
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2016, 09:51:11 AM »
Here's a picture of the final product after staining, hanging the gate, and adding hardware and a gate top.  I will add another blog post soon to describe these steps in more detail.  I think it turned out very well.  It was a fun project, maybe about 30 hours of work total.



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Re: I just built a craftsman gate!
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2016, 11:57:26 AM »
looks amazing!

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Re: I just built a craftsman gate!
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2016, 04:12:17 PM »
Those look really nice.  I am looking at my shabby gates and am envious.  Did you consider elaborate stained glass in the space above the doors?  (mostly joking)

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Re: I just built a craftsman gate!
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2016, 05:57:33 PM »
Very handsome!

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Re: I just built a craftsman gate!
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2016, 12:11:32 AM »
Here is the final blog post describing the steps finishing up the gate installation: 
DIY Redwood Craftsman Gate


overall, 2 weeks of work (~30 hrs) and about $360 in materials and $150 in new tools. 
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