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My mate Olaf gave me a hand to make the big gate so that's done. 

Then I ran power and sensor wires to the motor drive base plate and  Nick the sparky gave me a hand to concrete the pad for the rail. 

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Lovely fence!
Can't help but feel like you're shutting yourself away from the garage for thing to be broken into without your knowledge?

Any reason why you didn't go across the driveway and put a gate there?

 

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probably because a car or two is parked in the drive and the drive isn't long enough to have them in front of the gate?

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Got the motor drive installed and put the rack on the gate. 

All wired up and working mint. 

Put some primer on the gate because it's kiln dried timber and I don't want it to move around to much when it gets wet. 

 

 

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That looks shit hot. I've got a pair of opening gates I'm gonna replace with a slider. I was gonna weld up a frame from box section . Never even considered building it from timber. Will be interesting to see how it holds up. Are you gonna put some nail plates on the joins?

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Sheepy, deets on gate setup please. It's the one (of three) things I need to do still on front fence. I had assumed a metal frame but timber would be more in line with the look I have - ship lap with large main posts and top rail

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the gate is nothing fancy, 100x50 kiln dried timber on edge, as you can probably see.

the 4 external corners and the horizontal middle beam are jointed with a domino machine which puts a dowel about 40 x 30 x 140 long into the joint. 

the diags are birds mouthed and screwed with big fuck off screws going through the joints vertically.

palings are screwed to the frame to add rigidity. its fairly solid for a timber deal and was pretty easy to make. 

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Did you build the gate yourself? Not familiar with a domino machine will have to look into it.

Is there science behind angles/position of middle rail? What's your length? I have approx 4m to cover

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yea i built the gate with my mate Olaf helping me. he had all the fancy tools and he made the birds mouths fit like a glove but its not rocket science.

we were going to use bomac angle brackets to brace the corners but they weren't required. you could totally substitute the domino joints for external bomac brackets and it would be sweet.

the gate is 4500 long and the diagonals come down so they are on top of the wheels but they could go anywhere.

the center horizontal is above center for no other reason than aesthetics. it just looked better with it closer to the top, that's it.

the gate is plenty strong enough, in a strong wind it will maybe move enough to hit the guide but thats more down to the distance from the top guides, and the guides on the top are only so good. i dont think it would make any difference if the gate was steel.

just make one, its easy.

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That gate is bad ass!
Where did you get the hardware for it? I'm wanting to do something very similar but wouldn't mind getting a realistic idea on cost from a real life situation

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