Supporting Brackets

You now need to make two brackets, which are positioned under the lower rail joining the main legs to strengthen the structure. They will also support and act as a bearing plate for the gate pivots. A decorative radius is cut into them on the long side of the triangle, which reflects the smaller radii on the sides of the main legs and the base of the stands. I chose the size of this radius because it matches that of my 6in (150mm) drum sander, which is convenient for forming a smooth, curved finish on the brackets.

1 Mark out both brackets on a single piece of pine and cut the curve close to the marked radii using a bandsaw. Smooth the curve with a drum sander and cut the piece into two.

2 Drill and countersink two screw holes in each piece, as it is crucial that they are fixed into place as securely as possible. The brackets are secured to the legs with glue and screws, Jjut are fixed to the cross rail with screws only as gluing might inhibit the movement of the gate pivot (see Fig 7.12). Fix the brackets in place when the rest of the leg assembly has been glued together.

FIG 7.11

Checking the diagonals to ensure that the gate is square.

a screw only.

Fix with

Fix with a screw and glue.

FIG 7.12

Section through pivot assembly.

Fix with

Fix with a screw and glue.

a screw only.

FIG 7.11

Checking the diagonals to ensure that the gate is square.

FIG 7.12

Section through pivot assembly.

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