Fitting the hardware was easy as drilling pilot holes for the stainless steel fasteners was easy enough to do. This is oak and as you may know it eats mild steel for breakfast. You find that mild steel leaves black marks on oak over a period of time outside with the tannins in the oak reacting with the iron in the steel. Stainless steel on the other hand has no such issues.
The hinges were first to be fitted, the hinge brackets were then positioned with enough clearance on one of them to enable expansion/contraction of the wood and metal.
I use a Vix bit to centre drill each of the the hinge fastening holes.
|VIx bit used to centre drill the holes|
in the hinge bracket
|Positioning one end of the strap hinge.|
|The same measurement was used to position|
the other end of the strap hinge.
|Adding the self closing spring.|
Now comes onto the actual gate fitting itself. Here is a picture of what is being replaced. I think it must be 25 to 30 years old and is made from softwood. It has been painted many, many times and was way past it's sell by date. Not a good advertisement for a woodworkers house I'm sure you will agree.
|Old faithful before going to the dump for burial.|
|The path and the road both slope. It is an optical illusion.|
The gate is level
|And here it is in all its glory|
I should like to thank my wife Elly for being really supportive on this project and hope people enjoy it when they walk through it.