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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Esteban86K5, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. Esteban86K5

    Esteban86K5 1/2 ton status

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    I finally got some time to build my own driveway gate. I started building these over a year and a half ago and just now found the time to build my own. So here it is.

    So far it's the largest and most detailed one that I have built. It took quit a while to clean up all the welds and make sure it was all clean before I could paint it.

    On to the pics.

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    The neighbors one is the third one that i built. Mine kinda towers over his. :D

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    Wow. Nice Work.

    John
     
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    Beautiful work.:bow: :bow: :bow:
     
  4. Can Can

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    That's just amazing!!!! I've never seen anything like it- we don't have driveway gates like that up here.

    WHat kind of metal did you use for the inserts?
     
  5. Esteban86K5

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    The inserts are all cast iron.

    Just to give you an idea of how much welding I had to do on it.

    The inserts come to me looking like this.

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    http://www.decorativeiron.com/images/100/630.gif

    I had to cut and weld them together to make the continuous strips that you see on the gate.

    it was a pain in my ARSE, but it's worth it once I see the finished product.
     
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    That is just incredable! Very nice.:bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:
     
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    beautiful gate Esteban, fantastic work.
     
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    Nice Work. Ornamental iron work is what I do for a living.

    Just out of curiousity, how did you roll tha metal on top?

    Art
     
  9. Esteban86K5

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    Ornamental iron work is hard to do. I have a customer that wants an ornamental entry gate for his front porch. I am having a hard time trying to design something that i could build with the llittle tools I have. So far none of mine have been ornamental. Like I said this one is the most detailed one that i have built. Here are a couple of the other ones that i have done. http://www.scbd.org/phpBB2/modules.php?set_albumName=album13&op=modload&name=gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php

    I have the top rolled by a full time gate shop. I just do 1 or 2 of these ever month or 2. So I am far from being full time. The roller they have is large and EXPENSIVE. so it's just easier for them to do it for me.
     
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    I worked for a wrought iron place in high school, we did all of our own scroll bending and it cant compare to your work, thats beautiful man. I know exactly what your talking about on all the prep work to get ready to paint. Awesome Job man.:bow:

    So tell me, what kinda steel did you use to make it private?
     
  11. Esteban86K5

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    Thanks for all the compliments guys. I think after looking at it some more I am going to change the finish on the sheeting to a flat paint. It shows too many bends in the sheetmetal.

    I use 24 gauge sheetmetal for the back. The neighbors is 24 gauge perforated sheetmetal.
     
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    Great work. Good thing you don't live closer because my wife would be spending all my truck money on having you build stuff for her.
     
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    are you using a ring roller to get a radius in the square tube? i have alwayd wanted a ring roller.... honestly i want to build my flat bed with a radiused bed vice square or boxed for the dually extension. would flow soooo much better with a truck.

    looks damn good.
    Grant
     
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    The shop I get it rolled at uses a ring roller. I only build one or two of these a month so I can't justify getting my own.
     
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    Excellent craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    That should have been in the artwork post!!! SOB if that ain't nice.:bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:
     
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    shhhh youre giving away secrets on how easy it really is... :-)

    ok in all fairness your gates are super nice and involve alot of good layout and work to get them hung right and fitting well... thats where the finesse of a good builder comes in...

    with all the premade inserts made now it doesnt require the fab time or experience in bending anymore... there are also some fairly easy plans for shopbuilt rollers floating around the internet...rolling arches with the equipment isnt hard at all... and if you plan on doing them as a side job I would consider making one,,, you already have the fab skill and equipment

    The one things that sucks about city living in california is that you HAVE to put gates like that in or the knuckleheads will steal you blind.... now if this was CANADA they would need snowplows on them

    great job!!!
     
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    I totally agree with you CAM. This is pretty easy stuff. It's not like building a truggy were you actually have to think about **** and plan for it.

    I'm going to have to look into those homemade rollers your talking about. The metal I use is thin enough that it shouldn't be too hard to make something that can roll it.
     
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    Geez show off--how many places am I gonna see those gates:haha:

    In all seriousness you did some awesome work on them. They look great:waytogo:
     
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    yeah not too shabby.


    I used to do this work a lot, ornamental welding lots of fences rails stairs and gates.

    I miss the work. Although I dont miss working for a screaming Italin :dunno:
     

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