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.
Just had this design for an oak gate accepted by the client, which is nice. Will be made in air dried oak in the coming weeks. That’ll be us busy for pretty much the rest of the year.
Curved slat oak pedestrian gate
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 made this gate as a speculative piece to show a the Stock Gaylard Oak Fair – where it received quite a few complimentary comments and has inspired my to put a stand together for next year.
The gate itself is a conflaburation of the design for the manor-house gates (for which I am awaiting the final go-ahead) and earlier split oak fencing and gates (Plumber Manor and Studland). All right angle joints are blind mortice and tenon. The gate was made in a bit of a hurry so the joints aren’t quite as fraction-of-a-millimetre perfect as I might like them but they’re not far off and I’m pretty happy with the final result.