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Help with wood for back gate

Rhianne Avatar
5y, 9m agoPosted 5 years, 9 months ago
I am going to buy wood to make a new back gate but am unsure what wood I will need.

I need to make a new frame as well.

I was going to go to Wickes but are there any cheaper places around?

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Rhianne Avatar
5y, 9m agoPosted 5 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Whats the size of the gate you are wanting? I made a pair of gates to cover a space 5 foot wide and about 7 foot tall from decking, worked out a lot cheaper and its made to last, whats the frame for? to fasten the hinges too? You can get hinges that fasten directly to the wall, they are the type with a post on and you drop the half thats fixed on the gate onto the post. (probably a crap description but cant think what they are called)

Like this

http://www.toolstation.com/images/library/stock/webbig/17515.jpg?rand=612947646
#2
It needs to be 81 inches by 34 inches or thereabouts.

Yes the frame was for the hinges, I get what you mean with the hinges I will have a look now.

What do you think about this for the door

Here



Edited By: Rhianne on Mar 04, 2011 10:14
#3
It's not usually cost effective to make a gate, unless it's a really unusual size.
banned#4
probably work out cheaper to buy one ready made than the wood!

http://www.wickes.co.uk/Framed-Ledged-and-Braced-Gate/invt/187709
#5
Your gate needs a strong frame with no movement in the joints or you'll find it will "drop" out of shape after a while under it's own weight. I made a pair about 8' x 3' many years ago and they are still perfect. I made the frame and cross braces out of 4" x 2" and then nailed featheredging strips onto the frame. (Sorry don't do metric!) Timber merchants can be cheaper and better than Wickes.

Edited By: kingy58 on Mar 04, 2011 10:26
#6
Thats ok but you would need the 2.4m lengths as this is 25cm too short,

A pack of 5 in 2.4m lengths is cheaper at wickes at £13.49 WOOD

I tend to buy timber from ebay locally though as it works out cheaper, its often joiners buying in bulk for a job and having surplus as it still works out cheaper, theres a few near us (within 10 miles) and they all charge just a fiver to deliver. So I tend to choose whats available/suitable and cost efficient at the time.

The reason I used decking is because its smoothly finished and neat, a lot of exterior grade timber is rough sawn, the last project I did was a chicken run and it cost about £50 for the timber whereas the cheapest I could price in store was about £97 he even cut it to the lengths I needed before delivering it, and brought the off cuts for us to burn on our coal fire!
#7
csiman
probably work out cheaper to buy one ready made than the wood!

http://www.wickes.co.uk/Framed-Ledged-and-Braced-Gate/invt/187709


Out of stock and too wide. I've given myself some leeway by saying the width is 34 inches.

It's untreated too, I can get treated wood in B&Q as mentioned above for under £10 to make the whole door.

It doesn't need to look fancy.
#8
thesaint
It's not usually cost effective to make a gate, unless it's a really unusual size.


How often is a gate pre made the exact size you need though? You usually end up adding extra spacers of wood to adjust it.

If you want pre made the best bet is again ebay as business is slack for joiners/carpenters and many offer custom sized gates to order at reasonable prices, I prefer doing things myself though and like the thought of a job well done.
#9
harlzter
Thats ok but you would need the 2.4m lengths as this is 25cm too short,

A pack of 5 in 2.4m lengths is cheaper at wickes at £13.49 WOOD

I tend to buy timber from ebay locally though as it works out cheaper, its often joiners buying in bulk for a job and having surplus as it still works out cheaper, theres a few near us (within 10 miles) and they all charge just a fiver to deliver. So I tend to choose whats available/suitable and cost efficient at the time.

The reason I used decking is because its smoothly finished and neat, a lot of exterior grade timber is rough sawn, the last project I did was a chicken run and it cost about £50 for the timber whereas the cheapest I could price in store was about £97 he even cut it to the lengths I needed before delivering it, and brought the off cuts for us to burn on our coal fire!


I'll go with that pack for the door then.

This for the frame??

And what size for the pieces to hold it all together??

Thanks for your help, it's much appreciated :)
#10
Have you tried asking in some local businesses for some spare pallets?
#11
Mellow Yellow
Have you tried asking in some local businesses for some spare pallets?


Good idea but I don't think they would be long enough, and I don't know about you but pallets seem to be getting harder to break down without wrecking the slats, I can get an almost unlimited supply too on our doorstep.

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