To build top a quality woodengate it is vital that the right materials are used and that skilled craftsmen carry out the construction.
We mainly use 'utile' an African hardwood for gate building. It is naturally durable and stable .
The timber arrives at our workshop rough sawn and kiln dried. We then put the timber “in stick” in our yard for secondary seasoning, during this period the timber will take up moisture until an optimum of 18 per cent is achieved.
At this stage the timber is ready for machining.
The joints used are mortise and tenon right through, wedged, dowelled and fixed with boat building glue. We have complete confidence in this time tested construction method.
You may find some wooden gate builders use a stub or blind tenon (not right through) this takes half the time but is only a half job.
Our wooden gates are 70mm finish thick with a steel reinforced bottom rail to spread the load of an underground motor the full length of the gate, rather than an eight or twelve inch shoe.
On this page you can see an example of "stop chamfering". This is a bevel created by removing the timber's corner or arris. When stopped they are in a decorative form before the connection of the next piece of timber.
We machine the cladding to our own unique profile to allow for any expansion and contraction. Two coats of stain are applied as standard.
All fixings are non ferrous and hammered in manually.
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