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Prowell's Wood Garden Gate #208






The lower, and beginning, segment of Garden Gate #208 was born from a study of lines and intersecting planes inspired by a stone residence with flat masonry rooflines and supporting plinths discovered years ago on a road trip through Pennsylvania. The remaining aspects are simply Charles left unchecked.

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The theater of the lower collonade shouldered by the functionality of old-time exposed joinery.
Extraornidary Wood Gate #208



Focal points have been around forever, from the eyes in Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring to Monet's setting sun in Soleil Levantto.
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The lower collonade style of plinthes planed to a foil profile.
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Complex Wood Garden Gate 208







Garden Gate #208 features a system of joints not commonly seen in our other 140 or so designs. In part because the gate is 3" thick and requires something more. But also as an element of design where joinery approaches performance art.

See Woodworking Joint #9


So far, a rendition of our joint #6 and something we've previously featured on select gates, with the tenon extending through the stile and ultimately wedged tight for a seasonal resistence to changing moisture levels.

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Dry-fitting the joint to exhibit the pair of top locking keys.

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A look at the completed details of the top pair of wedged keys.

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The tenons will feature two locking pins, 1/4" x 1/4", which are cut in with a benchtop Delta mortsier.

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The tenons fitted to their mortises.




With the locking key mortises.

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With the Bubinga keys

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The above vertical collonades begin with a square-cut block that is mitered on the table saw and finally set the vise and hand-planed to the final 'foil' profile.

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The joinery for these is a simple dual oak dowel, bored with a doweling jig and dowel points.

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A series of four receding foils filling in this lowermost section.

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A decision to assemble the gate and componants now, providing a visual reference of what exists and an aid to help imagine what might be.

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I've been experiencing hallucinations. Too much work. So At this juncture we'll set the work aside and return in a week or so,freshly rested.

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Boring the mounting holes for a focal area created for no other purpose than to offset the broad existing lines with yet more broad strokes to come.

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A dry-fit to provide some guidance against a listing ballast.

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Adding a series of horizontal rails with decreasing thicknesses, and a series of interlocked verticals at staggered lengths, puntuated with 1/2" oak dowels.

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Adding a series of horizontal rails with decreasing thicknesses, and a series of interlocked verticals at staggered lengths, puntuated with 1/2" oak dowels.

  Creating the unique wood garden gate #208, by prowell

  Designing a unique wood gate, by prowell




Wood gates in Fine Homebuilding

Golden State Gate Builders
by Ben and Charles Prowell
Featuring gate #208s, among others.

Fine Homebuilding
April 2016

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