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Old 07-10-2011, 10:48 PM   #1
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I'm building a gate that will replace two smaller ones. I want to see if the new dimensions will be ok.

Currently I have two: 24" X 63" with butt joints reinforced with 3 dowels at each joint. It's made out of redwood 2X6. It has redwood lattice in the center.

Modified gate would be 48X63. Redwood 2x6 with lattice in the middle. I'd like to use butt splices with 3 dowels again but would consider suggestions. I've thought about biscuit or screw reinforcements.

What do you think? Is the width a bit much? Should I just keep the two smaller gates? Are the dowels best for reinforcement?

Finally, I'd like the wider gate because it's easier to get stuff through without unlocking the other gate.

Thanks in advance.

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I'd use 1/2 lap joint for the corners. Butt joints would not be a good idea for any gate.

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Glue and screw where you can, I did on a 4 x6 and 3x4 cedar privacy fence gate 10 years ago no sag on either.
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Should I use screws 2 screws instead of 3 dowels? I'm thinking countersinking the screws right?
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Should I use screws 2 screws instead of 3 dowels? I'm thinking countersinking the screws right?
I'd use 4 screws in each corner. I don't see the need to countersink the screws. I don't mind seeing the fasteners.
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