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Published on Jun 17, 2011
The gate has a top and a bottom rail, vertical braces, a diagonal brace, and 7 pickets of varying widths that have an arc cut in the top of them to match the arbor. Project details here: http://low.es/1LLvrCp
Build your gate right in place, to make sure the fit is perfect. Start by measuring the width of the opening. Add seven inches to that and then cut the top and bottom rails to that length. Then, bring the rails back to the arbor post and attach them temporarily with screws to create a foundation upon which to build the gate.
First up is the diagonal brace. Cut it to length on the miter saw, and then mark your angles on the end and cut those with a jigsaw. Then test fit to make sure the ends are flush. If it looks good, attach it to the rails with screws.
Next, attach the vertical braces. Cut them to length on the miter saw, cut your angles with a jigsaw, and attach them with screws. Now, cut the pickets. There are two widths of pickets, but you can cut them all to the same length on the miter saw.
Start by attaching one wide picket in the center here. Add another pair of wide pickets, and then next to those a pair of narrow ones, and then finish up with another set of wide pickets. In the end, you should have about 3/8 of an inch between the end of your outside pickets and your post.
Now cut a curve in the top of the gate exactly the same way you did with the arbor. Start by marking the end points of the arc and then the center point. Then, just like with the arbor, put screws in the end points and then get out a fairing stick and slowly bend it down until it meets the center point. Trace the arc, gently release the fairing stick and then cut out the arch with a jigsaw.
Now it's time to hang the gate on some hinges. Remove it from the post, then cut the rails with a jigsaw. Take the hinges and attach them to the gate using the hardware provided. Just align your gate with the fence. Attach the hinges to the post. Attach the latch according to the manufacturer's instructions. Don't tighten up those screws until you are sure of the fit.
The garden gate is complete. Because of the pressure-treated lumber, wait about 2 months before applying a stain. When it is dry, brush on a stain or a sealant, or use a garden sprayer to help cover all of this surface area more easily.