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Quality gate hinges6/6
An interesting job came in recently. A couple of garden gates . They will be built on a radius.
When we make gates, the metal worker uses hinges particular to their trade that are welded in place.
Rixson makes a great line of hinges, lots of choice. If I had to supply hinges, that is where I would go.
We make the gates with a recess on the outside of the outer stile for a 1/2" piece of steel to lay in, fastened by lags. This gives the metal guys a place to weld on their hinges. They set the two gates in place, and then weld it all in place, and the gates remain aligned forever.
I am not sure what you are looking for, but we did a couple of sets of Carriage doors and the Architect specified DC Mitchell. I believe he is in Delaware. We had to provide him with the drawing for the top hinge because it had to follow the arc.
Dave Mitchell, I have never meet him, but easy to work with, meet our schedule, not free. Twelve hinges for these four doors cost about $1,900.
Paul, very cool doors. Just wondering, how do you handle water entering the bottom rail where the vee groove is? Or, do you have a drain or weep holes? I've made a few gates and the ones with this type of setup are always the toughest to engineer for me. Thanks
We did not allow for weep holes. We discussed that issue and we did not have a solution for that. The 1x 6 boards are held in place with battens screwed on, on the back side. We worked with an Architect, and we did not finish the doors.
The doors were made from African Mahogany. We also put a higher bottom rail, 12" to try to minimize snow and rain from causing damage. Lot of work for four doors. We got $13,000 for these doors, contractor installed them and painted them. We had $2,000 in Af Mahogany and $500 in West System epoxy. The stiles and rails were glued up with a core stave material.
The arc's and final shape were cut on our CNC. We fabricated the strap on the back side of the doors to match the hinge with our CNC plasma cutter.
I wish we had gotten more for these doors, but that is often the case, isn't it?
Horton Brasses might be able to help. I bought wrought iron hinges from them for my own gate, and they are very nice. And they're in Connecticut.