So today, I finished the final gate in the fence project. The neighbors were so excited that I finally finished, they were setting off fire works .. ok .. maybe they were doing that for some other thing.
According to my fence guy, when building a large gate (12 feet in this case), you build the whole gate as a single panel. After it’s all complete and hung as a single panel (you’ve probably guessed by now), you cut the ribbon.
So after half lapping the joints on my gate, adding corner bracing and wheels at the bottom of the gate I finally cut the ribbon. The true test on this gate will be to see if it sags. But, for now, minus a few pickets and some touch up paint; I’m done. Let’s hope the belt and suspenders hold up for the long haul.
So I was away from my sharpening station and found that I had some time on my hands so I set up a make shift sharpening station. I had some of my sharpening stuff with me but not all of it. I ground new primary bevels with my Tormek on my chisels. Then with some sand paper and spray adhesive, I flattened my stones,made tiny little secondary bevels.
In the meantime, I found this cute little brace at the flea market store for $ 12. I’ll have clean off the rust to figure out the brand name stamped on it. Its nothing fancy, but just the right size for me.
In the meantime, my front fence gate sits waiting for me to get off my but and finish it.
I started working on the second small gate and used my story stick to transfer the dimensions to the wood. It worked really nicely also for laying out the picket spacing on the jig. Just line up the center mark and wa la .. your pickets are centered on the gate. I used the same method on the first gate.