<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=996690293685739&ev=PageView&noscript=1" />

Deck Gates: a Simple Wood Working Project How To!

How to build a simple outdoor deck gate! With our deck railings finally complete it was time to figure out how I was going to build the gates across the two entrances we have on our deck. My first issue was pretty obvious to me, I wanted them to swing entirely out of the way and remain open year around if we wanted them to be. I also wanted them to “match” the deck rails we had already made. So, I built my gate frames out of wood first!
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $50 Difficulty: Medium
Using 1×6 green treated deck boards I built two separate gates for the two entrances on to our deck.
One of the entrances is over five feet wide but I decided to go ahead and make a gate big enough to span the distance anyway.
I cut four boards per gate at a 45 degree angle. I almost used my jig kit for this situation but green treated lumber is pretty soft and forgiving so I just really carefully drove 3″ deck screws through the side and down the middle of my mitered corners.
With them built I hung them first using outdoor hinges before adding the conduit.
I made both gates just tall enough so the top of the gates hit just underneath the top rail both for looks and so that I could put a bracket there to grab and hold them so their weight would be entirely off of the hinges when not in use.
I could only have one of the gates swing out like I wanted them both to because of the railing I had already built on one of the staircases. With both gates hung I then lined up my conduit to run exactly in line with the deck conduit and attached it with conduit straps.
I got a little creative with my latch situation because I didn’t want to have to buy extra latches. I bought three latches and then one gate got two tongues and one latch while the other gate got one tongue and two latches… Did that make any sense at all? It means both gates have a place to latch to whether they’re closed or open to take the weight off the hinges… and, in the end, I didn’t have any extra parts that I wasted money on.
Joe and I do plan on having dogs again some day so, when that day comes, we’ll be using the gates a lot more and be glad we have them! We’re finally there guys, next week I get to show you our completed deck!

Materials used for this project:

View All Materials
Prices updated as of March 12, 2018 10:48 PM - More info Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

To see more: http://www.grandmashousediy.com/deck-gates/

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Nov 17, 2017

    They look great! Love the conduit idea!

  • Hometalk
    on Nov 21, 2017

    Very, very nice!!! it Looks professionally done! Hope I can be as handy as you are when I grow up, lol! Jk, you look younger than me, but I still have goals :).

    • GrandmasHouseDIY
      GrandmasHouseDIY Alexandria, MN
      on Nov 21, 2017

      Thank you so much! There are days when I really don't feel very handy but every now and again something turns out nice lol!

  • Veralucia Santos
    Veralucia Santos
    on Dec 2, 2017

  • Linda Sikut
    Linda Sikut Hamburg, NY
    on Dec 3, 2017

    You did a great job! It fits with the fence and looks like it was made to be there.

  • Dick wold
    Dick wold Sauk Rapids, MN
    on Dec 3, 2017

    I don't wish to be critical, but every time I see a post about this deck, It concerns me. You once mentioned everyone should ck local codes, but the issue that concerns me most is the spacing of the conduit,. I believe the national bldg code requires it be 4" or less. Reason is to prevent a small child from getting their head stuck in between and panic if they were left on the deck alone. It could be a disaster. Other than that I think it's a great idea & looks great.

    • GrandmasHouseDIY
      GrandmasHouseDIY Alexandria, MN
      on Dec 4, 2017

      Hi there, as I said in my post anyone with little kids could easily make these much closer together and vertical as well. Thanks!

Inspired? Will you try this project? Let the author know!