Oak Garden Gate

Making a Church Garden Gate

Church Oak Garden Gate


I wanted to make a new garden gate for our cottage. 
we live in an old cottage that is named Rectory cottage, so I thought 
a gate with some sort of church theme would look good.
I remember seeing a gate many years 
earlier on a church that i liked so I thought  why not.


 The design was drawn out to full scale



I bought the oak from our local sawmill.
After a long chat with the sawmill owner, who's always up for a long chat
I managed to get a very good deal on a couple of nice 
looking oak boards 20" x 2 3/4" that we had sorted out and three 15"x 1 1/2"
wide boards for the panels plus two 5"x 5" oak for the post 
and a 9" x 9" for another post needed for another gatel at a very good price 


After returning home, I ripped the oak to the overall 
size then left it alone for over two years not to season, i was just to busy.


Two years later i had the time

out came the Planer Thicknesser

All squared up

 and looking good

After re ripping and squaring the oak, it was time to start 
setting out the mortise and tenons


There's something very satisfying about using the mortiser


Cutting the Tenons on the bench saw


Finishing off the tenons  on the bench

One of many a dry fits

 Running the grooves and stopped grooves

The home made router table set up for the stop cove moldings


Just getting an idea of what the gate will look like 

Clean up time

The router did leave some burn marks. Mostly on the stop coving 
The biggest problem I had was I had to drop the timber
onto the router cutter from above. 
A couple of burn marks is not a big price to pay for the stop cove look.


Hand scraping each panels to give a snug fit.

All  panel fitted


Marking out the church windows on the oak panels  

As each oak panel is just on an inch thick 
this is going to be a slow job

Each oak window panel is slightly different
I'm looking for the hand made look and as it happens 
most of the work on these panels was done by hand

Just need to carve a groove a line around the window to frame it 

 Well that's about it for the gate just got to make 
the oak dowels and then glue and cramp up


My very very simple dowel maker jig. 

You can make any size dowel with a jig like this. 
I think the biggest dowel I have made was one and a 
quarter inches and the smallest was three sixteenths.


All you need is a drill and a router, Oh and a block of scrap wood.


knock the arris off the edges of the oak

Fit the blank into the drill

Switch on router, insert the oak blank switch the drill on 
push the blank slowly into the hole and thats it


one dowel 



  They just need a little clean up and cutting to length 

For the center panel i wanted to do something different

Effigy is of John Greene, 1400- 1473

From our local church  St.Mary the Virgin 

In 1872 This little 14th century Brass effigy was found
beneath the old stone church floor.
When the brass civilian was discovered it 
was still affixed to its stone slab.

After the restoration of the church it was affixed to the north wall of the Nave, 
where it can be seen to this day 
the brass effigy is of John Greene, 1400- 1473
the dress and hairstyle is of that era

He originated from 

After marring Anges Duke, of Widdington Hall, and maybe after her 
fathers death he took over the Hall and made Widdington his home
He was a gentleman of great worship and a patron of the church.

and now his on my gate also

John Greene, on the  finished gate.

Time to start on the gate posts

Gate-post finial

Church Garden Oak Gate

The finished Oak Gate, just needs a couple of years of English weather to darken it down

Wooden Gate
Church Gate
Garden Gate
Oak Garden Gate
Church Garden Gate
Timber Gate
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