I took a few pictures of an intriguing gate that I saw in Nova Scotia in 2006 and always wanted to make one so this past Summer I gave it a go. It was a great project and it is a wonderful gate.
The 23 foot (7 metre) upper crossbar hinges on a piece of iron rod on the top of the 55 inch (140 cm) post closest to the camera. The other end rests on the post near the tractor.
Peeling the log uprights
Peeled 4 foot (1.2 metre) uprights
Shaping the uprights
Upright inserted through 2 inch (5 cm) drilled hole and pinned with a dowel
Three uprights in place
3.5 inch (8.9 cm) ) hole drilled in upright for lower 16 foot (4.9 metre) crosspiece
Lower crosspiece in place but not trimmed to length
Middle crosspiece in place
Counterweight chained to the end of the top crosspiece. This was an old cast iron
stove that we had carried around for years.
The gate with the counterweight which is balanced on the post. The old stove is full of old metal logging parts I found in the woods and weighs about 300 pounds (137 kilos). The gate portion to the left of the post weighs the same.
The upright post is capped with an old cast iron stove trivet we found somewhere. The only place the crosspiece touches the upright is on the curved metal band. I put a little grease where the two metals make contact. The fences is so well balance that the whole thing can be easily opened and closed with one finger. It feels like it is floating. The metal gear is another piece of logging remnant and is sitting over the metal hinge rod – purely ornamental.