Build your own wooden
farm gates with our free woodwork plans with given dimensions and
materials needed, which makes this a perfect weekend do-it-yourself
project. So come and build your own farm gates with our
free farm gate plans.
Materials needed for
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
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
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.
Farm Gate Plans
Suggestions For Original Design of Farm Gates
Extra Wide Farm Gates
Wired To Prevent Sagging
Gates - Specifications
In making farm gates it is not customary to use
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.
The Slats for Farm Gates
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.
The Uprights for Farm
Cut the six upright pieces exactly the same length; plane
their edges; shape their tops.
Assembling the Farm
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
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.
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
home, measure the opening, and change the dimensions of this drawing to
suit your needs.
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