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Deere Dingle 473421 13 Building a New Stock Gate either
Building a New Stock Gate
Some of my activities last week included making a 12' x 5'6" stock gate. I have started work on a farm high up in the hills and duties include, walling, welding, mechanical work and anything else that comes along. As a self employed contractor I supply my own tackle for most jobs. I thought I would share the building of a simple gate from start to finish. I will be posting a walling feature soon when everything is in place to do so.
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Frame spot welded square, bars laid in ready for spot welding.
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This photo shows the spot welds. A good spot weld should hold the frame in place whilst full welds are completed around the frame. They also allow you to check the frame for square and make adjustments if needed prior to welding up.
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This photo shows the flattened ends of the pipe laid in for alignment prior to spot welding. As you can see the pipe is galvanized, all traces of galv should be removed prior to welding.
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Very interesting & thorough thread (& idea in the first place) JDD :-)
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The tools used to flatten the ends of the pipe are shown here. Sledge hammer and an old fork lift truck fork, modified by shortening it. It is nice and heavy so does not move when in use.;-)
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Gate stood up, all welds completed. Now ready for stiffeners to be welded in.
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Stiffeners being placed for spot welding. I fish mouthed the ends rather than flattening them. Short lengths are prone to flying up after striking with a hammer, potentially painful!!!!
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Mesh to the bottom half. This is 3"x 3" 8g Galvanized mesh. in 6' x 3' panels. Just the hangings to do and it is a finished gate. Next one to do is identical. The welder I used is a Lincoln Electric Compact 220 Mig with .8mm wire and Argoshield Universal gas. Bosch cut-off saw and Bosch grinders.
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Very instructive JDD. Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks TC and Stu, I hope both of you are in fine fettle. I may also be tackling a tricky job of shortening some tracks on a Kubota 360 machine. I will try to feature the task presuming I get the work? Regards, JDD
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JDD,
as someone who does a bit of welding around the farm in my spare time im interested in the "fish mouthing" you did on the gate stiffners, it does a neat job. My question is how is it done? with an angle grinder? or is there an easy way?
a great thread mate!
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Hi Andy, Thanks for your comments. If you were local I would have bobbed over to show you, but since you are more than a mile or two away I will try to help. To achieve a fish mouth type facing there are two ways of doing it. The first is by using a fish mouth grinder, a purpose made off hand grinder that files the section the desired requirements. Or, do it my way using a 4 1/2" angle grinder with a flap disc. I mark the tube to be fish mouthed using an off cut of the same section. But joint (Hand Hold) the off cut onto the side of the section to be ground, slide it off until the remaining 1/3 of the radius of the off cut is like over the section to be ground and then mark using a permanent marker pen. Grind it back to the mark and test it for fitting. Do the other side the same way but be careful to align the marks up. My way is not always the easiest but it is the cheaper option!;-) When its welded up it is hard to tell how it has been done. It is trial and error and can be frustrating. You just have to go bit by bit until it fits nicely. Good luck young man and give it a go;-)
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I am looking forward to seeing the stone wall feature ;-)
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thanks JDD will have to try it. Im one of those that takes short cuts.
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Give it a go young man, it won't take long to pick up the way how to do it.;-)
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Remember the gates I made back in August. Well here are two photos of the two big ones hanging in place.:-D
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Here is the 14 Foot gate. It swings a full 270 or thereabouts.;-)
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Cool. Thanks for the update JDD.
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