What wood should I use for a fence gate?
Best Practice Always use best-practice principles for fences and gates, or they won’t last five years. Strength is important because a garden gate moves. As for wood choice, your best bet is a rot-resistant species (cedar, redwood, teak, mahogany).
How do I make a large wooden gate?
- Measure and Cut the Tongue and Groove Boards.
- Measure and Cut the Horizontal Braces.
- Lay Out the Boards.
- Attach the Tongue and Groove Boards.
- Measure and Cut the Diagonal Brace.
- Attach the Diagonal Brace.
- Mount the Gate.
- Mount the Latches.
How do you make a lightweight wooden gate?
How to Build a Lightweight Wooden Gate
- Measure your gate opening and plan your gate style.
- Set your side posts, if there are none already in place.
- Buy your lumber and build your basic gate frame.
- Face your gate.
- Install the hinges and latches.
Should fence gate open in or out?
Your gate should always swing inward. You want the gate to move towards private space, not out to the public. Single gate hinges work on either side. If you have a gate swinging on a sloping hill, you might need to place hinges on a different place, like the downhill posts.
Which way do hinges go on a gate?
As a rule of thumb, gate hinges are placed at the top and the bottom of the gate but heavy-duty gate hinges will often have a third hinge for the middle to support the weight.