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Garden Gate made of White Cedar

Jigs simplify construction of this elegant outdoor gateway

by Mario Rodriguez

Mario Rodriguez designed this garden gate to be wide enough for a wheelbarrow but narrow enough for an intimate feel. Features include delicate round spindles with finials, a curved oxbow rail, twin panels, and pegged mortise-and-tenon joinery. He explains how to build it by first milling the rails and stiles, and then making a solid raised panel. Simple jigs help make custom spindles, and he details how to make them without a lathe. Drill and shape the oxbow rail, and use ready-made posts, finials, and hinges. Hang the gate, and then bury the posts, using plywood yokes. A detailed project plan shows his design.

From Fine Woodworking #137 

From Fine Woodworking #137 , pp. 68 August 1, 1999

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