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PerranOak

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We have need of a "field gate"between our garden and ... a field.

SWMBO has the idea that a "posh" one would be best, not some old thing!

What is the best wood for it to be made from? It's only going to be 5 feet wide and about 3 feet 6 inches high.

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Oak is the traditional best choice and is naturally durable. Sweet chestnut is also good.
 

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AndyT":2tm8jv9e said:
Oak is the traditional best choice and is naturally durable. Sweet chestnut is also good.
+1 for oak or chestnut which is easier to work IMO. Try to get air dried rather than kiln dried if possible.

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What is the rest of the boundary between the garden and field - if it's rustic it might look odd to have a high quality finish gate. How about a picture and then those with design and aesthetic capabilities could make suggestions.

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Cheers all.

The "hole" in the wall for the gate isn't there yet but it should be done today-ish. I'll get a photo done!
 

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If, having watched Pete's Roy Underhill video for inspiration, you do decide to make a proper trad field gate, try to have a look at chapter VI of "The Village Carpenter" by Walter Rose (another essential title in any woodworker's library, imho). He points out several important things - that making a gate, including all the planing and cutting all the joints by hand, should take no more than a day (ie ten hours); that the hinges should be arranged longer at the bottom so that the gate will stand open or shut as required but swing easily; and that there should be a touch of ornament on the top rail. And that a gate made of oak will easily last 50 years.
 

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AndyT":1u9ok1z2 said:
try to have a look at chapter VI of "The Village Carpenter" by Walter Rose (another essential title in any woodworker's library, imho).
+1

A much easier author to warm to than Sturt, IMHO.

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bugbear":14yhmr7s said:
AndyT":14yhmr7s said:
try to have a look at chapter VI of "The Village Carpenter" by Walter Rose (another essential title in any woodworker's library, imho).
+1

A much easier author to warm to than Sturt, IMHO.

BugBear
Agreed, but Rose was himself a carpenter, writing about what he could remember of his own working life - and he produced a very readable narrative. He was one of the skilled men, confident in his knowledge.

Sturt wanted to be a writer, but inherited a business which was already old-fashioned and never likely to be really successful, where he had to turn a hand as a sort of 'managing apprentice'. There's a clear sense that the 'men' tolerated him but never completely confided in him, which I take to be because of the social class difference. He did write other books, which were somewhat similar memoirs looking back to a vanished way of rural life.

But both are fascinating glimpses of a vanished way of life.
 

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Sorry, been away for a bit.

What about iroko, someone suggested that?


AES: it's been so long, sorry. You can keep them as a gift, cheers.
 

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PerranOak":2la8i77e said:
Sorry, been away for a bit.

What about iroko, someone suggested that?
I've just realised that the answer is lurking in your username!

(and you did ask for the best wood)
 

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@Perranoak:

OK, thanks very much, accepted.

I must add to/join a comment made by Steve Maskery on another thread recently -the genuine kindness and generosity/willingness to help by a lot of people on this Forum does take some beating! In fact I've never found anywhere else like it.

Thanks to Perranoak.

Krgds
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So, the gate is done - oak - and the hole in the hedge is there. Photo to follow.

Now that I see the gate, I think that I'd rahter maintain its colour rather than let it go grey.

Any suggestions for a product to protect it please? Something that will not add colour is preferable.

Cheers.
 
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