Gatecraft Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship of Our Wooden Gates in Essex, Kent, Surrey & London

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.

There is no substitute for quality, exactly what you can expect at Gatecraft.

Please feel free to contact us with your enquiry on: 01245 401078

Stop Chamfering, a bevel created by removing the timber's corner or arris


Notice the `birdsmouth joint` to the diagonal bracing, a full proof way of stopping sagging. The steel bars are shot blasted hot zinc spray and then powder coated. Location Essex installed on Roger technology Rams

Canterbury under construction

The KINGSTON under construction showing the mortis before gluing and wedging.

Solid panel gate under construction, showing mortis and tenon joint before wedges are fixed, this gives a 100 per cent guaranteed joint, unlike a stopped or blind tenon, that is inherently much weaker.

A detail of construction on a round top single leaf gate in Utile (mahogany)

Circular gate under construction Built from quarter sawn Euro Oak to clientsbrief. Automated on Roger technology underground motors. Location Hertfordshire

Our Gates

Hardwood Entrance Gates

Fine hardwood entrance gates and automatic electric gates are a Gatecraft speciality.

Electric Gate Automation

There are different options of automation available in all of our automatic electric gates.

Wooden Gate Architecture

At Gatecraft we have a special interest in the rich heritage of English entrance gates.


An example of the level of expert craftsmanship that Gatecraft brings to it's projects.