Here’s a recently completed pair of oak driveway gates made for a client that we met at the Stock Gaylard Oak Fair back in the summer. They feature curved rails and braces with asymmetric opening.
The gates are made from air dried oak to minimise movement as the timbers acclimatise and weather. All structural joints are mortice and tennon with oak draw dowels. The hinges and latches were forged at the Dorset Forge specifically to fit the curve of the rails. The gates have a sanded finish and have been treated to an undercoat and two top coats of OSMO UV Protection Oil.
Rather a tricky build on the side of a hill but we nailed (and screwed) it! Cleft chestnut fence, Douglas Fir structural timbers, cedar deck and step treads. Finishing touches to be done on Monday.
…well nearly. Two more panels and some finishing touches to go. And some planting of plants!
I’ve got some copper postcaps that need making for a fence I had built a little while ago. As well as looking rather pretty, they protect the end grain on top of the (cedar) posts from having water sat on them and travelling down on through – so prolonging the life of the fence considerably.
The colouration of the copper is caused by heating to anneal (to make it easier to bend) and will weather down to a uniform copper tone in a matter of weeks. The caps will be fixed with copper nails through the fold over flaps.