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    Anchor and plumb the fence posts, if necessary. You need to make sure that hanging the gate won''t wiggle with weight. If it can be easily moved, the gate will sag. You should also check and see that the post is level, straight up and down.
    • Ideally, a 4-foot (1.22 m) tall gate needs a 5"" (12.7cm x 12.7 cm) redwood post. A 6-foot (1.83 m) tall gate requires a 6"" (15.3 cm x 15.3 m) post. Post length should be at least 1/3rd longer than the planned height of gate. The hole that the post will occupy should be at least 6” deeper than post will be buried. Post should be buried at least 1/3 but preferably 1/2 of its length and hole should be 3 x as wide as post. Concrete is best for filling hole but gravel or tightly packed earth may have to do. It is best to seal the end of post being buried using old motor oil, water proofing agent, bronzing (lightly charring post) or exterior paint. Giving buried end of post some form of water proofing protection will greatly extend life of post. Post should also be (proved) before using. Proving is allowing post to lay exposed to elements for at least 4 or more days to assure that it won''treated''t want to come back and find that a post has warped after a week or so.
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    Measure the frame. The frame for a basic wooden fence gate should be a simple box with 4 sides, usually somewhat smaller than the gate opening. If you''ll want to use the same variety of wood used on the fence. If you want a different color, redwood is sometimes used for large gates. Whatever you choose to use, buy more lumber than you''ve got enough for the job.
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    Part 2 of 3:
    Building the Gate

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      Cut 2 x 4 (5.08 x 10.16 cm) frame pieces to size with a mitre saw. Start the gate by cutting the top and bottom pieces to the same width/length as you planned for, slightly smaller than the opening in the fence. Cut the upright side planks about 3 inches shorter than the height of the gate.
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      Screw in the top and bottom planks. Drill a pilot hole for the screws before putting them in so that they do not split the wood. Fasten with deck screws, pre-drilling to keep the wood from splitting. Measure from the top bend to the opposite bottom corner. Both sides should measure the same.
      • Typically, as you start assembling, the gate framing, it''ve designed the frame and built it, all you need to do now is attach flat planks evenly over the front of the frame to finish your basic wooden gate. Measure planks from the top to the bottom of the frame and cut them accordingly. Leave at least β…› inch between the planks for weather allowances.
        • Cut planks using a table saw and secure them using deck screws, drilling pilot holes to keep your planks nice and clean.

    Part 3 of 3:
    Finishing the Gate

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      Design the top of the gate. Most people like to take a little time to design the top of the gate and add a little decoration to it, using a jigsaw. If you don''s not necessary, but it''re a woodworker, feel free to get fancy with it. Use the jig to cut along your pattern.
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    Install hinges and attach the gate to the fence. Put the gate into place, supporting it on the bottom with a 2x4 (1.5 inch off ground). Use a pencil to mark where the hinge should go on the post, and then put the gate down. Predrill where the screws will go. Prop up the gate and screw the hinges into the gate and attach the hinges to the post.
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    Install a gravity latch. Most easy-to-use fences will use a gravity latch, which you can install after you''Hasp Lock''door''ll need with a protractor.
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    How thick should my wooden gate be?
    Community Answer
    As thick as you want. The thicker, the heavier, but most likely it would be stronger and sturdier as well. (It also depends on what the gate is protecting.)
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