Sunday, May 20, 2012

How I Built a Gate out of Pallets

I can't believe this is my first pallet project.  I have been wanting to make a gate for our garden for two years now.  Last year the deer helped themselves to my strawberry plants they need to stay out.  


To the right is my potting shed. 


To see more on my potting shed made out of salvaged materials click here.

To make my gate I used two pallets and a few 2 x 4's that we had left over from tearing down a shed. 


I decided I like the way it looked better with the slats being vertical.  Each side of the gate needed to be 40" wide so I had to makes some cuts with the skill saw.  I cut the middle one shorter to allow for the width of the 2 x 4.


  
Then I added a 2 x 4 to the cut end.


I didn't like the way it looked.  It look like a pallet. Imagine that. Also it was heavy and I wasn't sure the hinges would hold if they were just screwed into a 1 x 4.  I decided to add angled supports using 2 x 4's. I attached everything with nails and had to pre-drill holes because the bottom pieces were oak. fun.


I decided to put the prettier side facing in the garden since that's what we see most.  Hubby cemented in the post last year so all I had to do was attach the hinges.


It's functional and the wood was all free, gotta love that. I only had to buy the hardware.  Here's the back view.

We still need to fence in that small section to the right and add some horizontal boards on the left to better support the wire fencing and add some visual weight.  With this beefy gate it needs something.


I also want to add a trellis to the top and maybe gray wash it with thinned down paint or stain.  Oh let's be honest by the time I get to that it will have weathered naturally.

So that's my new gate.  Hope you have a great week!






P.S.  
I do realize that deer can jump my gate if they want to.  Hopefully they are too lazy.



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30 comments:

  1. That gate is TOTALLY awesome!!! It's really pretty actually! (I don't usually say that about pallet projects....cool, yes, but not pretty), but that gate is pretty! You totally have to do a trellis over the top!
    Hmm....now i'm thinking because I need a fence to hide my neighbors yard. (love her, but she has way too many abandon cars back there!), and the whole cyclone fence, with neighbors junky yard doesn't always work well when selling a house. lol
    --Katie
    * I don't think the potting shed link is working, or it could be my computer??

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  2. Well done, Well done!!! I love a resourceful woman!

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  3. Super nice touches on your gate - love the crosspieces. Great job Mimi!

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  4. Mimi, this is SO cool! Like Katie said, it's really beautiful and the cross pieces on the back remind me of a Union Jack! I just pinned it and am going to see if my husband might build me one. :)

    Take care,
    Erin
    Carolina Country Living

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  5. Brilliant and free. Love it. My husband is fascinated with pallets.

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  6. I love this! It looks perfect... just the right amount of rustic.

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  7. This is down right incredible!! WOW!!! Im so inspired by your creativity!! Awesome idea and Im so going to find a place to use this,thanks! Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com Im your newest follower stop over and follow me too:)

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  8. I have two pallets in back just itching to be used for something. I wish I needed a gate somewhere because yours is the best I have seen! I'd love it if you shared this over at You're Gonna Love It Tuesday here: http://www.kathewithane.com/2012/05/youre-gonna-love-it-tuesday-5.html
    Have a beautiful day ♥

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  9. Your gate is fabulous. I appreciate that it repurposes something that might just be tossed. But, more than that, it looks incredible. Also love your potting shed and your gorgeous dog!

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  10. This is totally cool. I need a gate and taller fence around for my garden since the bunnies have decided that I am growing them a buffet. This may be just the ticket to get me started. I would love it if you would share on my linky party Tout It Tuesday. http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/05/tout-it-tuesday-7.html

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  11. What a great idea, and a great blog!

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  12. This is so clever!! Love how it turned out! great way to use a pallet! the little dog is adorable too! Thank you for linking up to Uncommon!! Featuring this over at our FB page today!! ;)

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  13. I love how you reused the pallets--something that might have ordinarily ended up in a landfill--and created something beautiful and functional for your garden--very well done!

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  14. I have seen pallets being repurposed for so many things, but love the idea of using them for a garden gate! Thanks so much for sharing over here at Fishtail cottage's garden party! i'm sure many of us gardeners will be inspired by your fabulous idea! xoox, tracie

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  15. great gate! haven't seen a pallet gate-- EVER!
    I've seen lots of uses for pallets. Way to go for thinking outside the box... you could use pallets I suppose for the small portions that are needed on either side. You'll think of something lovely I'm sure!

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  16. Great idea to build a gate out of the pallets! They are so popular right now. Your gate looks really good, even if the deer can still jump over it ;0)

    Take care,
    Sue

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  17. Totally FBing this tomorrow!
    --Katie

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  18. That is awesome!! I need something like that to keep my dog out of the garden!! He likes to eat the strawberries, which is all we have right now:P

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  19. How clever is that? I have not seen the gate project and it is wonderful. They will be sturdy. I am visiting for the first time, drop by for a visit. Kathy

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  20. Hi! This is a great idea! I love the stuff you can do with pallets - for free!! When my mom was fighting cancer, she had a dirt path across her yard to her back steps that would always be muddy when it rained and she would have to zig zag around the puddles. My aunt and I were making a trip to the store and I saw a stack of pallets by a hardware store. I asked if I could have some and explained why and they helped me load some good ones up in my van. I laid them butt to butt along the path making sure they were level and, voila'! she had a nice, stable walkway to get from house to truck!! They stayed in good shape the last year she was alive and made her so happy!! Thanks for bringing back that memory!!

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  21. That is a very creative project!!!

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  22. Love your gate Mimi. I am making many things out of pallets at the moment. Right now I need to make two gates, one for each side of the house. My wife wants them to not be see thru like yours are. Any suggestions on that besides using a piece of paneling?

    Michael

    PS: I will send you a photo of my newest creation - a potting table!

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  23. If you want to protect your precious residential and commercial properties, then it would be better to install the gates that are durable, good looking, fulfil the security purposes and matches with your style as well.
    Thanks!
    Seek more advise from Benny

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  24. That is absolutely ingenious. I've been struggling with how to make a gate square and since pallets are already square this idea will work. It should keep my chickens out of my garden!

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