7 pcs. 7/8"x4"xl2' S 2 S 5 dozen 8d common nails.
2 pcs. 7/8"x4 1/2"xl2' S 2 S 6 pcs. 7/8"x4"x 5' S 2 S
28-1/4"x2 3/4" carriage bolts, with washers and nuts.
In visiting farms and homesteads throughout the country it is not uncommon to find the large farm gates in bad repair. Many a homesteader has been dragging or carrying a gate open and shut for several years when a few minutes' work would so repair the farm gate as to cause it to swing freely on its hinges.
The purpose of this article is to show how large farm
gates can be
constructed so as to have the greatest strength and the longest
endurance. The size of the farm gates is determined by the
opening for which
it is intended, but the principle of the construction, such as the
bracing and bolting, should not be neglected.
In making farm gates it is not customary to use absolutely first-class and clear material. Sound materials, although they may have some knots, is very satisfactory. It is not good economy to use strictly clear selected stock for a gate.
On the drawing, notice that the bottom and top slats are 4 1/2" wide, while all the others are only 4" wide. These slats are a little wider than the others in order to give greater strength to the strip which must withstand the most strain.
Plane the edges of all the slats perfectly straight and square; cut the slats the proper length.
Cut the six upright pieces exactly the same length; plane their edges; shape their tops.
If you do not have a long pair of saw horses on which to build your farm gate, you may lay the material flat on the floor. On the upright pieces, lay out the spacing of the strips. Although this work is to be assembled with bolts, you will find it convenient to assemble it by driving one nail through the upright into each slat.
The nails must not be driven near the centers where the bolts are to be, or they will interfere with the boring. When all of the slats and the uprights have been properly assembled, make sure the gate is perfectly square; test in several places with the long steel square; measure the length and cut the braces. These braces should be made to fit very accurately.
Note: They are to be bolted through each slat. Sometimes braces are housed; that is, notches or footings, as they are sometimes called, are cut in the uprights to receive the ends of the braces.
If you want to make your farm gates for some particular opening at home, measure the opening, and change the dimensions of this drawing to suit your needs.
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