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
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
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
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