DIY Baby Gate


Baby Gate Project

Supplies Needed:

  • 6″ Wood Car Siding
  • 1″ x 2″ boards for the posts, the baby gate frame and the post clamps
  • (2) 5/16″ x 1 1/4″ Carriage Bolts
  • (2) 5/16″ x 1 1/2″ Carriage Bolts
  • (4) 5/16″ Hex Nuts
  • (2) Wall Anchors with Screws or Bolts long enough to go through your post and into the anchor sufficiently to work properly
  • (1) Gate Latch
  • (2) 6″ Strap Hinges
  • (2) Hinge Pins
  • (2) U-Bolts
  • (2) 3″ Door Hinges
  • 1/8″ x 2″ Flat Iron
  • Kreg Jig
  • Kreg Jig Screws
  • Kreg Plugs
  • Drill and Driver
  • Compound Miter Saw with a fine tooth blade and a metal cut off blade
  • Table Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • Sander, plus 80 grit and 120 (or higher) grit sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Elmer’s Wood Glue Max
  • Stain
  • Spray Clean Coat, satin finish
  • Rustoleum Hammered Metal Pewter Spray Paint
  • Rags for staining
  • Gloves for staining
  • Tack Cloth

Project Tutorial Steps:

  1. Cut four (4) 1″x2″ boards to about 28″ long. These boards become posts on either side of the baby gate.
  2. Use Elmer’s Wood Glue Max and stick the two boards together for an approximately 2″ x 2″ square post. Do this for both sets of boards for 2 posts total.
  3. Use your Nail Gun to add a couple brad nails to hold the post boards together. Then, set these (2) posts aside.
  4. Next, use a compound miter saw to cut the 6″ car siding boards and the 1″x2″ boards for the frame. The overall height of the DIY baby gate is 28″, so, cut the car siding boards to 25″ lengths (you’ll need (7) 25″ lengths of 6″ car siding boards total). Rip one of the car siding boards down the middle and cut the other along the tongue, directly in the center of all of the boards to turn this into a folding baby gate.
  5. Cut your 1″x2″ boards into the following lengths: (2) 25″ lengths (for the sides) and (4) 18.5″ lengths (for the top and bottom).
  6. After all of the pieces of wood are cut, lay the boards out to see what they would look like all together. Then, use the Kreg Jig to create pocket holes around the outside of the boards to secure the frame and the inside boards together.
  7. Use Elmer’s Wood Glue Max to glue the car siding boards together. And then, use the pocket holes to attach the car siding boards to the outer 1″x2″ frame.
  8. Use Elmer’s Wood Glue Max to add wood plugs into the pock holes to keep the finished baby gate looking as clean as possible. This is a good point to note that you will also want to cut your 1″x2″ boards into (4) 5″ lengths as well. Then drill holes into them for where the U-bolt will go through the boards. These will become your clamps. At this point you will have your door completed, but still in two pieces.
  9. Use 80 grit and then 120 grit sandpaper (and 220 for extra good measure) to sand the doors, posts and clamps down. Hammer (both ends) to the boards to add a little bit of distressing to the boards. Use a Tack Cloth to remove all of the sawdust from all of the wood.
  10. Using gloves and a rag, stain all of the pieces of wood.
  11. While waiting for the stain to dry, use Rustoleum Hammered Metal Spray Paint in Pewter to paint all of your hardware.
  12. Begin the installation with your posts. Into one post, screw the hinge pins (note this angle on the bottom of this post eventually was cut off so it was flat on the bottom). And into the other post, secure two (2) of your clamp boards.
  13. Turn your doors upside down and install the hinges into the back of the board so that the door will fold.
  14. Cut your flat iron to (4) 18.25″-18.5″ lengths using a cut off blade on your compound miter saw. Then, drill holes in the flat iron for the screws and screwed the flat iron pieces into the doors using self-taping screws.
  15. Using the U-Bolts, attach the clamps and the banister post to your baby-gate post. Install the gate latch onto the top of the baby-gate post. Install the other baby-gate post onto the wall using wall anchors and extra long bolts.
  16. Add the latch onto the door. Then, attach strap hinges to the door where they would sit on the hinge pins using carriage bolts and hex nuts.

Project designed for Elmer’s by Ashley Phipps at Simply Designing.