How to Build a Garden Gate Frame

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    • 1). Ensure both gateposts are plumb and level, and measure the distance between them with a tape measure.

    • 2). Subtract the amount of space necessary for proper hinge and latch clearance, and use the resulting figure for the horizontal frame width. Clearances vary by manufacturer and application; consult the instructions provided with the latch and hinges for exact dimensions.

    • 3). Cut two straight pieces of 2-by-4 to the previously determined length, and paint or stain them, if desired.

    • 4). Use a tape measure to determine the distance between the top and bottom fence stringers, and cut two 2-by-4s to the same length.

    • 5). Select a clear, level area and lay out the gate frame with the boards set on their narrow edges. Use butt-joints to connect the horizontal and vertical pieces, and square the corners with a framing square. The horizontal boards should overlap the vertical ones.

    • 6). Secure the corner joints with 2 1/2-inch deck screws driven through the sides of the horizontal pieces into the ends of the vertical boards. Use two screws for each corner.

    • 7). Support the gate frame on two 2-by-4s set on their narrow edges, and slide another 2-by-4 underneath the gate frame so that it runs from a top corner to the opposite bottom corner. This will form the diagonal cross-brace for the gate frame.

    • 8). Mark the diagonal brace where it crosses each corner, and remove it from under the frame.

    • 9). Cut the diagonal cross brace at each end, following the previously marked angles.

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      Ensure that the brace fits snugly inside the gate frame, and attach it with 2 1/2-inch deck screws.

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      Attach the fencing boards or other material to cover the gate frame, then the hinges. The gate now is ready to hang.

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