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A solid-wood DIY gate is a practical upgrade for the well-trained dog—and your home''{"":20780469}''{"":20780469,"":["","","","","",""],"":""}''{"":""}''{"":65891717,"":""}''{"":19492173,"":""}''{"":19492159,"":""}''{"":19492166,"":""}''{"":19493442,"":""}''{"":19493474,"":""}''{"":19493504,"":""}''{"":19493524,"":""}''{"":19492181,"":""}''{"":19493554,"":""}''{"":19492586,"":""}''{"":19493607,"":""}''t have to look like a dreary chain-link fence. This handsome piece, made from oak and finished with nontoxic tung oil, can stand proudly in any room in the house. (You can also paint, stain, or shellac yours, if you prefer.) Check out the full instructions to see how senior technical editor Mark Powers put it together.

Step 1

Plans for How to Build a Dog Gate

Illustration by Jennifer Stimpson

Before you hit the home store for supplies, take note of a few key design tips for your dog gate:

  • The gate should stand twice as high as the ridge between his shoulder blades (known as the withers).
  • Size the bottom panel so that your dog can just see over the top of it.
  • The spindles should be close enough together so your dog''t fit through and get stuck.
  • The taller the gate, the longer the gate''ve got a chew-happy puppy, make the gate from a cheaper, paint-grade lumber like pine, instead of the furniture-grade oak we used, until he outgrows the gnawing phase - and make sure the finish you use is nontoxic.
  • If you have a strong or large dog that can knock over a gate, consider adding an eyelet screw to each side and hooks to the doorframe so you can secure the gate inconspicuously in the proper spot when needed.

Cut List

Note: The quantities listed are sufficient to build a two-section gate with each section measuring 24 by 26 inches. Adjust the quantities as needed for your design. Download plan here

1. 1x2 legs - 4 @ 26 inches

2. 1x2 the 1 last update 2020/07/06 Crosspieces - 6 @ 22½ inches2. 1x2 Crosspieces - 6 @ 22½ inches

3. 1x2 Spindles - 8 @ 10¼ inches

4. 1x2 Stiles - 8 @ 12 inches

5. 1x2 Rails - 8 @ 19½ inches

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7. ½ inch oak veneer plywood - 2 @ 12 by 22½ inches

8. Panel molding - 8 @ custom cut to the 1 last update 2020/07/06 size8. Panel molding - 8 @ custom cut to size

Step 2

Cut the Parts

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Diy Multi Tier Plant Standshow to Diy Multi Tier Plant Stands for Milled hardwood has sharp edges that can cut your hands while you work, so before making any cuts, dull the edges of the lumber by passing a piece of medium-grit sandpaper over the edges a few times.

Using a miter saw, cut 1x2s to length according to the cut list. Using a circular saw, cut ½-inch oak plywood to size, using a straightedge as a guide.

Step 3

Dry-Fit the Gate

Photo by Laura Moss

Lay the crosspieces, legs, and spindles on edge, so that the crosspieces are sandwiched horizontally between the legs, and the spindles are sandwiched vertically—and an equal distance apart—between the top and middle crosspieces. Lay the panel between the middle and bottom crosspieces. Lay the rails and stiles on the flat at the border of the panel, flush with its outside edge and abutting the legs and crosspieces.

Step 4

Mark the Spindle Locations

Photo by Laura Moss

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Step 7

Secure the Panel

Photo by Laura Moss

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Step 9

Cut and Install the Trim

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Miter the ends of the first piece of trim at a 45-degree angle so that the longer back edge is equal to the length of a rail. Miter one end of the second piece, which will lie against the inside edge of a stile. Holding the mitered corners together, mark the cut on the opposite end of the second piece of trim to fit.

Continue cutting the trim to size, working your way around the frame, until all the mitered pieces fit inside the rails and stiles. Install the trim using 1-inch pin nails by nailing through the trim and into the rails and stiles.

Tip: To conceal the nail heads, place the nailer''s profile.

Step 10

Mark and Drill the Feet

Photo by Laura Moss

A foot will be attached to each leg using a 40 mm hex-head connector bolt recessed into the foot. To mark where the bolt should go, mark the outline of each leg onto the underside of each foot, and find its center by drawing two intersecting lines from corner to corner using a straightedge. Clamp the foot facedown to your work surface. Using a ¾-inch paddle bit, drill a shallow recess no deeper than the bolt head''{"":""}''{"":19494249,"":""}''{"":""}''{"":19494333,"":""}''s not in use.

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Diy Multi Tier Plant Standshow to Diy Multi Tier Plant Stands for Connect the Sections

Photo by Laura Moss

Repeat steps 2 through 12 to create additional sections of your gate as needed.

Diy Multi Tier Plant Standshow to Diy Multi Tier Plant Stands for Attach the sections to each other by screwing three 1½-by-¾-inch butt hinges to their back sides, at the top, center, and bottom. (You could mortise in the hinges, but it''s tone, then apply a water-based stain and seal it with shellac or an acrylic clear-coat. Or prime and paint the gate with a latex-based product.

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