How Do You Build Wooden Farm Gates?

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If you have gone to the trouble and expense of building a post-and-rail fence from wood, finishing it off with a wooden gate painted the same color makes for a pleasing and authentic final look to your fence. While the basic technique for building a wooden gate is about the same for any size gate, the materials you use will depend on the size of the gate opening and on whether you are trying to match the fence or not. We will presume a 10-foot livestock gate built of 2-by-6 inch material. Measure the gate opening, making sure to factor in space for the hinges. If you want your gate to swing both ways, screw hooks and eyes are best. Simply measuring the exact length of the solid end of the screw hook may not give you enough room between the gate post and the gate for it to swing freely. Allow 3 to 4 inches of standoff. Likewise, allow at least an inch between the latch post and the gate so the gate does not bind. Mark a 2-by-6 inch board to your measurement. To check the length, lay ... more
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