How To Make a Wooden Gate for Your Fence
Putting up a fence? You could add a simple wooden gate. This step-by-step video and tutorial will teach you how to build a wooden gate.
If you’re going to build a fence, you should probably include a simple wooden gate. This article will walk you through the entire process of building a wooden gate, including a step-by-step video.
If you’re building a fence for your home, you’ll almost certainly need to build a wooden gate as well. Adding a gate to your fence allows you to easily access your front and back yards without having to go through a garage or house.
We needed to build a wooden gate on the side of our house to gain easy access to the front yard from the back (and visa versa). This gate is also used to transport the lawn mower from the backyard shed to the front yard grass to mow.
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We recently shared the entire process of how to build a wooden fence with a video and blog post tutorial, so if you’re building a fence, you should definitely check that out.
However, because the process is so different, we decided to separate out the tutorial for how to make a wooden gate. Don’t you think it deserved its own post?
How To Make A Wooden Gate Video Tutorial
Down below, we’ve written a setp-by-step guide on how to build a gate for a fence.
Supplies for how to build a simple wooden gate:
Step 1. Build frame for wooden gate.
Create a rectangle frame out of 24 pressure-treated boards and corner brackets. Use deck screws that are designed for outdoor use.
Step 2. Add a diagonal 2×4 in the middle for some extra stability.
Simply place the 24 on top of the rectangle, mark the area to be cut, and cut with a circular saw. More deck screws drilled diagonally into the brace are used to secure the diagonal piece.
Step 3. Add hinges.
The diagonal cross brace should be “in compression,” meaning it should extend from the bottom hinge to the top corner of the opposite side.
Because wood is much stronger in compression than tension, this will help keep the gate from sagging later.
Attach one cedar fence picket to the hinge side of the gate frame and attach your gate hinge on top and bottom.
Drill pilot holes first, then use the screw that came with your gate hinge.
Step 4. Hang gate and attach.
One person should hold the gate up and into place (while ensuring that it is level), while the other person attaches the other side of the gate hinges to the gate.