Overview

Illustration: Jennifer Stimpson
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Before you hit the home store for supplies, take note of a few key design tips for your dog gate:

   • The gate should stand twice as high as the ridge between his shoulder blades (known as the withers).
   • Size the bottom panel so that your dog can just see over the top of it.
   • The spindles should be close enough together so your dog's head can't fit through and get stuck.
   • The taller the gate, the longer the gate's feet should be, to keep it from toppling over.
   • If you've got a chew-happy puppy, make the gate from a cheaper, paint-grade lumber like pine, instead of the furniture-grade oak we used, until he outgrows the gnawing phase - and make sure the finish you use is nontoxic.
   • If you have a strong or large dog that can knock over a gate, consider adding an eyelet screw to each side and hooks to the doorframe so you can secure the gate inconspicuously in the proper spot when needed.

Cut List
Note: The quantities listed are sufficient to build a two-section gate with each section measuring 24 by 26 inches. Adjust the quantities as needed for your design. Download plan here

1. 1x2 legs - 4 @ 26 inches
2. 1x2 Crosspieces - 6 @ 22½ inches
3. 1x2 Spindles - 8 @ 10¼ inches
4. 1x2 Stiles - 8 @ 12 inches
5. 1x2 Rails - 8 @ 19½ inches
6. 1x2 Feet - 4 @ 6 inches
7. ½ inch oak veneer plywood - 2 @ 12 by 22½ inches
8. Panel molding - 8 @ custom cut to size

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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
      to cut the plywood panel
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • bar clamp
      24- to 36-inch bar clamp
    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Pneumatic pin nailer
    • drill
      Drill/driver
      fitted with an 11/32-inch drill bit, a 3/32-inch drill bit, and a 1-inch paddle bit for installing the gate's feet
    • paintbrush
      1-inch paintbrush to apply glue
    • allen wrench set
      Allen key or wrench
      sized to the insert nut and hex-head bolt for attaching the feet

    Shopping List

    1. Oak 1x2 Get at least eight 6-footers—enough to make legs, crosspieces, spindles, stiles, rails, and feet for the two-section gate shown

    2. ½-inch oak veneer plywood Get enough to make two 12-by-22½-inch panels

    3. Oak panel molding Get at least two 6-foot pieces to trim the panels

    4. 1½-inch finish screws to assemble the legs, crosspieces, and spindles

    5. 1½-inch pin nails to attach the panel, rails, and stiles to the crosspieces and legs

    6. 1-inch pin nails to attach the trim to the panels7. ¼-20 40 mm threaded insert nuts Get four, or enough to insert one into the bottom of each leg

    8. ¼-20 40 mm hex-head joint connector bolt Get four, or enough to attach one foot to each leg

    9. 1½-by-¾-inch butt hinges Get three per pair of gates

    10. Medium-grit and fine-grit sandpaper

    11. Stainable wood glue

    12. Stainable wood filler

    13. Finish of your choice (could be tung oil; sanding sealer with stain and shellac and acrylic clear-coat; or primer and paint)