Novice DoItYourself-er Building Garden Door


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Novice DoItYourself-er Building Garden Door

I am a novice handyman and I am looking for any help regarding building a door for my garden. The dimensions are strange because I have made the door wide enough to place an old ship timber as the arch. 4ft 5 inches X 6 FT. I was thinking of using hardware cloth or chicken wire for most of it but I am not sure of the frame. the two posts on either side are 4inch X4 inch X 8 Ft. 2 Ft of which are buried in the ground. I could really use some help. I could send a picture if you need a better idea. I just don't know how to post it here. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

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Old 04-04-10, 06:46 PM
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Best thing to do is to upload pics to a website, like photobucket or similar, then link to them.
 
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Old 04-04-10, 10:09 PM
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A picture is always good. You have to upload the picture onto the web some how, you tube, facebook, photobucket, picasa, etc. Copy the link to that pic. once uploaded. Than use the "insert Picture" button when you are replying and paste that link in the text field that comes up. Wallah. And without really seeing it I would suggest using 4x4 post anchors, but admittedly, I am a little lost. How thick is the ship timber.
 
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Four and a half feet wide will take a sturdy frame. I would use 2x6's, and cut the sides down to about 4" and leave the top and bottom the full 5 1/2 which is what a 2x6 is'. I would also put a 2x6 brace somewhere near the middle of it. The best joint would be a mortise and tenon which you could easily make if you have a 1/2 plunge router. If not then a half lap would work. Be sure to use a good exterior glue. If you have a planer you could dress the wood a little to make it look better and remove some of the weight. You could also use 5/4 lumber less weight but more money. If you don't have a planer and want it to loo a little better then cut both edges of the lumber slightly to get rid of the rounded factory edge. The hinged side post will have to be set in the ground quite a bit to prevent it from sagging from the weight I don't think the 2'is enough. Also you will need three strong hinges. If you want it to look better than the hardware cloth or chicken wire you could cut thin (1/8') strips cut edgewise off 3/4" stock and make a lattice work field .
 
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Here is a picture of the frame ... the left side is actually a 10 ft 4X4 buried 2.5 feet. The right side is actually only an 8 FT 4X4 buried about 1.3 feet. I figured I'd hang the door on the deeper 4X4 I appreciate all the help so far. Does this change anything?
 
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Old 04-05-10, 07:46 PM
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2x6 for the sides and 2x4 for the cross members so you don't loose the height for walking through. The arch can sit up on top and be secured by lags from the top of the timber through to the 2x6s. This should be strong enough to hold most doors. Pictures are too blurry to really see what it looks like now. And obviously you would build to fit your needs.



You want it to look something like this:

 
 

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