STEP 6: FIX POLES IN PLACE

Use 5mm x 70mm screws to fix each pole, following the numbers marked at Step 4. Screws should pass through the clearance holes in the battens and into the pilot holes at each end of each pole. Aim screws at an angle if Y sticks are used.

Lay the gate down when this is done and measure the two diagonals from corner to corner: these figures should be equal when the gate is straight. There should be enough movement in the gate at this stage to allow you to move the shape until diagonals are equal.

STEP 7: CUT DIAGONAL TO LENGTH

Lay the long hazel pole diagonally across the gate. This will be used to make a cross-brace give the gate more strength and rigidity. This pole will extend beyond the gate. Line up and saw at the appropriate angle so the end of the pole is flush with the inner edge of the battens at the top and bottom of the gate.

STEP 8: SCREW DIAGONAL IN PLACE

Use a 3mm drill bit to make a p4ot hole in the center of each end of the diagonal pole. Hold the pole in place and use a 5mm drill bit to make a clearance hole through the top and bottom battens. The hole will be at an angle, so point the drill bit in the direction of the center of the pole. Use 5mm x 70mm screws to fix the diagonal.

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STEP 9: SANDWICH TOP AND BOTTOM BATTENS TOGETHER

Now, use the 4mm drill to make three clearance holes in one of many fresh bits of the batten. Space these near to each end and in the middle of each batten. Place the bit under the lower batten rail on the gate so the two battens are sandwiched together. Mark through the clearance holes and use the 3mm drill bit to make plot holes in the lower batten. Use 4mm x 40mm screws to sandwich both battens collectively at these three points.

Repeat this process with the remaining batten and the top rail of the gate, but this time, screws go up from underneath the top rail. This means there are not any screw-heads in the top of the finished gate and all screw heads are protected from rain.

STEP 10: ATTACH HINGES TO GATE

Mark drilling pants for hinges on the top and bottom rails of the gate. Use the 3mm bit to make pilot holes at these marked points. Screw hinges in place. Make sure they are straight end level.

STEP 11: PROP GATE AT RIGHT HEIGHT

Prop the gate in position at the height that you want. Allow enough clearance underneath so it doesn’t scrape when opened and shut. Eyeball everything at this stage so the gate looks straight. The hinges should lie against the post so they can be fixed in place.

STEP 12. FIX HINGES TO GATEPOST

Use the 3mm drill bit to make pilot holes and screw the hinges on the fence post.

You can use a рiece of scrap timber as packing between post and hinge if the is needed to level things up and make the gate hang straight. The gate should open and close smoothly.

Fit a catch where the gate closes, if needed. This can be a loop of wire that goes over the post or a sliding catch that fits into a notch. Mine closes neatly and jams against a large stone.