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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