Having shelled out another $200 to have the couch cleaned as the animals have been using it as their favorite wee wee pad…I decided I had to find a way to keep them confined to the kitchen when I want to, and also give them freedom when I want to. And yes, that’s Fat Tony trapped on the other side. Oh and our 90 year old house slopes…so I had to make the gate slope too!
Materials I used
Various pine boards from Home Depot
Miniwax wood stain (red mahogany)
2 x gate hinges
Tools I used
How much it cost
How I built it
I started by creating the four sided frame. My door is 32″ across, so went with 31.5″ to allow room for hinges. Went with a height of 36″ as the boards came in that size.
Then I turned over the frame and started to fill in the back side with a continuous stacking of 36 x 1 1/2 x 1 pine boards until all of the back side was filled.
I then turned the door back over and worked on inserting a diagonal piece on the front. I intended to do a cross…but I ran out of enough pine as it was my first time doing diagonal cuts on my miter saw and I made some mistakes! Instead, I ended up with a Y!
Next came painting. I used a foam brush to apply to a small area and then immediately ran a damp cloth over the painted area to give it a more weathered look.
Next, I attached the gate hinges to the side of the door, then attached the gate. Final piece was attaching the auto latch to the gate and the door frame. Allowed the hubby to help with this bit…