As the gates are identical, so is their method of construction. The instructions are for one gate, but you should make both of them at the same time.

1 The upright upon which the gate pivots has lin (25mm) pins on both ends that act as bearings. These can be made in several different ways, but I used a lathe. An alternative method would be to use hardwood dowel with a diameter of 34in (18mm) and glue it into holes drilled into the upright. Use 3/4in (18mm) rather than lin (25mm) dowel as it will leave some extra wood around the hole in the upright and make a stronger joint. The pivot holes in the main cross rails will also need to be 34in (18mm) to accommodate the pins.

Swinging leg

FIG 7.9

Gate construction.

2 If using a lathe, cut a piece of stock long enough to accommodate the pins plus some extra to allow for setting up on the lathe. Mark the positions of the pins and partially cut the shoulders with a saw to a depth of ^sin (3mm) all round, so that when turning the pins, part of the shoulder is formed by the saw cuts - this simplifies the process.

Turn the end to form

FIG 7.10

Cutting a pin on one end of gate upright to form a pivot.

FIG 7.10

Cutting a pin on one end of gate upright to form a pivot.

3 Mount the wood on the lathe and remove the comers of the pins with a !/2in (12mm) half-round gouge. Set a pair of callipers to the correct width and, using a ]/2in (12mm) flat-fronted scraping chisel, turn the ends until they are slightly larger than the correct dimensions. Now reduce them to the final size using coarse glasspaper held on a cork block. Make the pins slightly longer than required and trim them to size later when the assembled gate can be tried in its final position.

4 Prepare the leg for the outside of the gate that will support the table top flap, by forming a short taper at the foot with a saw and then planing it flat. Also prepare the top and lower rails. Make the joints for these parts using '^in (6mm) dowels and a dowelling jig (see page 19 for general method). Assemble the gate dry and check for squareness (see Fig 7.11) and any twisting that may have occurred due to inaccuracies in making the joints. Adjust if necessary, then reassemble the gate with glue, check it for squareness and clamp until dry.

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