In this video, Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner install a custom fence gate. The house is home to two young children, and the parents are worried they might run into the street. While the homeowners could buy a gate from a home center, the backyard has a wood fence with horizontal paneling, so Nathan creates a custom wood gate with horizontal paneling to match the rest of the fence.
To secure the post he uses a special two-component, expanding foam, and Nathan joins Kevin in the workshop to talk more about the special post mix.
Steps for Building a Custom Fence Gate:
- Mount two 2×4″ boards on either side of where the gate is going.
- Dig about two feet down for each of the two posts. About a third of the post will fit in the hole.
- Use a string line going from one 2×4″ to the other. This will be used to cut the posts to the same height.
- Attach a piece of strapping to each 2×4″ so the posts won’t tilt.
- Screw the posts to the strapping.
- Roll the bag of expanding foam fence post mix. Burst the seal and mix the two components together for 15 seconds.
- Pour into the post holes. It cures in three minutes so there’s no need to hold work.
- Mount the hinge to a post. Use a ¾” spacer to keep it even with the post.
- Attach the gate door frames. Nathan made the frames with 2×4″ boards and butt joints.
- Add 1×4″ boards to cap the top.
- Nathan used 1×4″ and 1×8″ boards to create the horizontal panels on the gate.
Note: You could do a sporadic layout, every other, or all the same. Make sure the pieces stay consistent across both sides of the gate to give it a more polished look.
- Install a lock.
- Paint it or leave it plain to let the pressure-treated wood age.
Nathan custom-built the gate using all stock pressure treated lumber, including 4×4″ posts, 1×4″ boards for the panels, and 2×4″ boards for the frames of the gates. All of this material can be found at home centers and lumberyards.