Project builds #50: Lay out deck required.

Due to the nature of the work I do my shop is only 1/3rd of the size it really needs to be and the farm is on a hill so everything slopes there is no level concrete anywhere in the place.

Normally that does not matter a jot as I build things that are square, well my current project is testing my limited brain power to the max.

I’ve got to make a curved top set of gates the bottom of which are angled to the fall on the site.

A lot of sites this could be achieved by simply trimming the bottom accordingly but the fall on this site is 235mm in the 3m opening, this is too greater a lap unsupported at the bottom and the longer boards are likely to move excessively.

My solution is too set the bottom rail at an angle to suit the fall. Simple enough and to be honest if the top was square then that would not be an issue but these gates with there curved top are not easy as only one rail runs at 90 across the gate.

I laid out these gates on the grainstore floor before I started cutting but some where transferring a measurement or an angle I’ve gone wayward. It’s hard to accurately lay out full size if the floor is not level as only the slightest fall makes it hard to transfer angles and measurements that I think is my issue here.

My solution is going to be to make a series of 2.4×1.2m tables with adjustable feet so I can bring them in to make up a workbench/ deck of the correct size and level on which I can draw up difficult projects in full size that way I can lay the pieces on the table and transfer angles measurements and layout directly off the drawing.

Needed to have got these gates away this week for treatment and that is now looking unlikely!!!! I just parked them up tonight and walked out the shop locking the door at 6pm I will go back fresh in the morning!

Tags: professional woodworking gate courtyard gate

Dreaming of a sawmill, feels like a museum. Thanks for looking Adam.

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Wheaties - Bruce A Wheatcroft ( BAW Woodworking) ...

Very difficult job , but it looks like you got it handled .