The Brownstone - security gate, part 1

by brae  

Before I could put the front steps together, I needed to address security for the lower level entrance.  :D  Wrought iron gates seem to be the norm, but my metalworking in miniature skill set isn't quite there yet.  Maybe someday....

I started with a gate that Keli sent me a long time ago.

Using a carpenter's square as a guide for the wall and ground, I set one of the gate pieces so there was very little space left uncovered at the top.  I carefully removed bits from the other gate to create a complete iron door.  I glued the pieces together using wood glue.

Now, to get it to function.  I cut three lengths of 1/8" x 1/8" strip wood: two on the left and one on the right.

I installed hinges between the two left posts.  I carved recesses for the hinges, drilled pilot holes with a mini drill, added a thin layer of super glue gel to help secure the hinges and then pushed the tiny nails into the pilot holes.

Once I had the hinges functioning smoothly, I glued the gate to the right hand post.

I covered the existing lock detail with wood veneer to mimic a lock box.   The back piece is flush with the gate, but the front piece hangs over a little to catch the adjacent post.

I added a pair of French door handles from Mary's Miniatures.

Check the fit.  Looking good!  :D

It's 39° outside...let's go spray paint!  :D  Okay, maybe's also dark outside.  I don't need to have this finished and installed to move forward.  I just needed to figure out the basic fit.


Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Oh I love it!!! Great repurposing of the gate pieces. And lovely execution. The hardware is great too :D

02/18/14 @ 21:20
Comment from: April [Visitor]

Perfect!! Great hack, you’d never know it wasn’t the original design if you hadn’t show the steps here. I remember you showing the door long ago, really liking it, and wondered how you’d incorporate it :D Love love love this.

02/18/14 @ 21:24
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]

It’s fantastic! Congrats on success with those itty bitty nails and hinges!

02/18/14 @ 21:33
Comment from: Chris M. [Visitor]

Awesome (as always)! It looks fabulous, it’s brilliant, and the hinges are always fiddly – great job!

02/18/14 @ 22:47
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]

It looks just fabulous. Kaisercraft have some lovely flourishes. I have used some on pieces I have made. It just pays to be careful with some of the small pieces on some of the more dainty flourishes though. They give a lovely finishing touch.

02/18/14 @ 23:42
Comment from: Andrea [Visitor]

Oh Brae, it’s so great to see your project grow. It’s beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing the process.

02/19/14 @ 02:29
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

Sweet! I have yet to figure out what to do with my gate.

02/19/14 @ 02:33
Comment from: pepper [Visitor]

So clever, so effective. LOVIN’ the gate idea! =0)

02/19/14 @ 03:38
Comment from: Eliana [Visitor]

Fastidiousness in the best intension of the word!
I love your work! I read all your post, just do not comment on all of them because I do not want to be repetitive (Wow, Amazing, Fantastic, Superb, Excellent, Congratulations …)


02/19/14 @ 04:11
Comment from: Kara [Visitor]

This is fantabulous Brie! You are so clever and imaginative; you have such wonderful vision. Your attention to detail is magnificent and your workmanship, impeccable. Love, love, LOVE this! :)

02/19/14 @ 07:18
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]

Wow! It looks Fabulous, Brae! Isn’t it the pits when it is too cold out for spraying? (Half the year in this part of the world!) I Love your brownstone project so far… and as usual you keep upping the level of perfection! I can’t wait to see what is next!

02/19/14 @ 07:55
Comment from: Deb [Visitor]

Holy WOW. This is an amazing use of the gates–and I am in total awe of your eye for ‘using this for that’. Wow to the Wow to the WOW.

02/19/14 @ 08:51
Comment from: Emjay [Visitor]

The gate is just perfect. I can’t wait to se it all painted up. This project is going to be terrific.

02/19/14 @ 08:54
Comment from: Marion [Visitor]

Wow ! Super impressive ! Thanks so much for sharing, this gate is so perfect, and the way you’ve creating it is awesome !

02/19/14 @ 10:15
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]

Wow, Brae! I have said it before but I’ll say it again! You are a genius! Such beautiful work!

02/19/14 @ 12:17
Comment from: Susan Korman [Visitor]  

How very cool and so well done! Very impressive as always.


02/19/14 @ 14:29
Comment from: CJ [Visitor]

This gate is so amazeballs. I think this may turn out to officially be my favorite project ever!

02/19/14 @ 16:19
Comment from: azteclady1 [Visitor]

I had to look twice to see the joining of the two pieces of gate–I’m always amazed, how do you think of these things?

Now the question in my mind is, what is going to be on the other side of the stone arch?

02/19/14 @ 20:11
Comment from: brae [Member]

:)) Thanks so much, everyone! :>>

Stay tuned….

02/20/14 @ 08:19

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