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Build a Sun-Themed Garden Gate

Handy gardeners can make their plots a little sunnier with this attractive DIY project.

| Summer 2020

Sungate-opener
Photo by Paulette Johnson/Fox Hill Photo

You may already have a fairly robust and critter-proof gate for your garden fence. That’s great for protecting the garden, but utility gates aren’t necessarily decorative. Happily, you can add an accent gate inside the garden that’s a little more attractive and unique. This sun-themed gate is designed with this purpose in mind. It won’t keep critters out of the garden, but it’ll be a fun way to dress up your plot’s interior.

Although it looks complex, the sun gate isn’t difficult to construct. Some careful work and a few slightly advanced carpentry skills are all that’s required to build this for your own outdoor space.

Tools and Materials

  • Pencil
  • Compass (for marking rounded lines)
  • Jigsaw
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Circular saw
  • Power sander
  • Wood glue
  • Pipe clamp
  • Electric drill
  • Drill bit with countersink
  • Tape measure
  • Triangle square
  • Framing square
  • 11⁄2-inch exterior screws
  • 3-inch exterior screws
  • 5-inch exterior screws
  • 3-inch hinges (2)
  • 3-inch gate handle
  • Hook-and-eye latch
  • Gate spring, optional
  • Scrap plywood
  • 1x8s, see Cut List
  • 2x4s, see Cut List
  • Paint, optional

Cut List

  • 1x8s, 14-1/2 inches long  (2)
  • 2x4s, 36 inches long  (4)
  • 1-1/2x2s ripped from 2x4s,  7 1/8-inches long (4)
  • 1-1/2x2s ripped from 2x4s,  13 inches long (4)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step-1-tracing
Photo by Paulette Johnson/Fox Hill Photo



1. Mark the sun outline. The round sun in the center of the gate is made up of two arches screwed together. Each arch is made from a curved 2-inch-wide section that’s been cut from a 14 1/2-inch 1x8. Using a compass, draw two identical 2-inch-wide arches on the 1x8, as shown in the photo.

Step-2-circular-pieces
Photo by Paulette Johnson/Fox Hill Photo



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