Cedar Garden Gate

6 Materials
1 Hour

When we drew out our plans for our garden enclosure it included a simple gate. We planned to use scrap wood for it, but ended up with an extra cedar fence picket. That's when the wheels started turning! Cedar fence pickets cost around $3, so if the plan didn't work it wouldn't have been a big deal. Fortunately, it worked out. So for just $3 we built a beautiful cedar garden gate.

To build the gate we used one cedar fence picket, a tape measure, a table saw, exterior screws, chicken wire and a stapler. We also needed a drill and a table saw. To hang the gate we used T hinges and an eye hook latch.

The first thing we did was measure the exact length and width of the cedar fence post. We marked it exactly half way both vertically and horizontally. We then used our table saw to cut the board in half, vertically first, then horizontally.

We laid our boards out in a simple square to begin assembly. Because cedar fence pickets are so thing we were not able to use pocket holes. We stacked the boards on top of one another instead. We drilled pilot holes to prevent the wood from splitting.

We then used several exterior screws to secure them.

We ended up with a simple frame.

We then laid out our chicken wire.

We used a heavy duty stapler to secure the chicken wire.

Once the chicken wire was secure we used wire cutters to trim the excess.

We pulled it off and were able to construct a simple, beautiful gate door with just once cedar picket fence. I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.

To hang the gate we used T hinges. We secured them to the gate first, and then the post in which the gate would hang.

We couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out! By utilizing materials we already had on hand for this project was extremely cost effective. This gate will serve its purpose and be loved for years to come.

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1 question
  • Lynn
    on Mar 30, 2021

    What is the extra wood pieces along the top and bottom? I'm assuming it is for rigidity but not mentioned anywhere.

    • John Just
      John Just
      on Mar 30, 2021

      Are you looking (seeing) the back fence of the garden?

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