Building a Simple Vegetable Garden Gate

Overview

A vegetable garden can be a fun and rewarding experience, but a gate may be required to prevent children and animals from entering. Building the gate takes little time to complete. Use galvanized nails and treated lumber to ensure the gate withstands many years of outdoor use.

Prepare the Site

Step 1

Set a stake at each end of the fence opening where the posts will be placed for the garden gate.

Step 2

Set the first pole at the left stake. Use the post hole digger to dig a hole 2 foot deep by 1 foot wide. Set the dirt in the wheelbarrow next to the hole for later use. Put a 2-inch layer of gravel in the bottom of the hole. Set one of the poles into the hole on top of the gravel. Hold the pole straight and set the level on top of the post to ensure it's perfectly vertical. Pour the cement into the hole until it is 2 inches from the top of the hole.

Step 3

Set the second pole at the stake on the right. Repeat Step 2. These are the two gate posts. Allow the cement to dry for 24 hours.

Build the Gate

Step 1

Place the 2-by-6 inch boards on a table with the 6-inch sides facing you. Line up the ends. These are the facing boards of the gate. Set one of the 30-inch boards across the top of the facing boards with a 2-inch gap between the top of the facing boards and the top edge of the cross board. Line up the ends of the cross board with the sides of the facing boards. Hammer a nail through the cross board into each of the facing boards at the center of the board.

Step 2

Set another 30-inch board across the bottom of facing boards and repeat the previous step.

Step 3

Set the third 30-inch board in a diagonal line across the other cross boards to form a Z pattern. This third board should overlap the other two at the ends. Mark a line on the third board with the pencil where the boards cross. These lines will be the cutting pattern for the next step. Remove the third board from the gate.

Step 4

Saw off the corners of the third cross board, using the lines as a guide. Put the board back into position between the other two cross boards. This will be a tight fit; sand down the ends of the middle board until the board fits into position. Hammer a nail through the board into each of the facing boards of the gate.

Hang the Gate

Step 1

Place the blocking in the middle of the gate opening, between the posts. Stand the gate up on the blocking. Put one side of the gate flush with one of the posts. Mark the two positions where the top and bottom cross boards meet with the posts.

Step 2

Line up a hinge with each of the marks. Drill screws into the holes of the hinge to hold it into place on the post. Repeat the process for the other hinge.

Step 3

Place the gate back on the blocking. Line up the cross boards with the hinges. Hold the gate in place. Drill screws into the hinge holes against the ends of the cross boards. Set the level on top of a cross board and level the gate; reset the gate if needed until it is level.

Step 4

Line up the bolt latch with the top cross board. Drill screws through the holes of the latch into the board. Line up the clamps for the latch with the latch in the locked position. Drill screws through the holes of the clamps to attach these to the adjoining post.

Things You'll Need

  • Post hole digger
  • Level
  • Gravel
  • Cement
  • 2 72-inch 4-by-4 posts
  • 3 30-inch 2-by-4 boards
  • 5 46-inch 2-by-6 boards
  • 3-inch galvanized nails
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • 2 I hinges
  • Bolt latch
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Wood screws
  • Stakes
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Sandpaper

References

  • Build Easy: How to Build Lumber GAtes
  • Corner Hardware: How to Build and Hang a Gate
  • Instructables: Building a Fence Gate
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Jack S. Waverly is a Pennsylvania-based freelance writer who has written hundreds of articles relating to business, finance, travel, history and health. His current focus is on pets, gardens, personal finance and business management. Waverly has been writing online content professionally since 2007 for various providers and websites.