Timber for a good strong gate

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  1. garrymum

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    Currently deciding whether to go metal or timber for a couple of garden gates.

    What is the best timber for such a gate?

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    Oak if you can afford it
     
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    Get Iroko - it lasts longer and its cheap. Use it for anything outside.
     
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    Both of those woods are great - but please be aware that when working with iroko, some people find it to be a skin and nasal irratant as well the lungs! Great weathering properties (iroko) - goes a lovely grey. When working with the oak, try to use brass or stainless screws if you have to use any - otherwise you may get some black staining. Timber will always look great for a gate! Alternatively - if there are any cost constraints, try a good quality redwood then have it pressure treated. :LOL:
     
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    mum - painted or left natural?

    Painted - use decent softwood from timber yard (not the nasty, twisted stuff from the DIY sheds). Properly constructed with appropriate joints, primed, 2 x undercoat, gloss finishes (always oil-based paint). It'll last for years - re-gloss maybe every 3 - 5 years.

    Natural - always, always, oak! - in my opinion.
     
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    I was very interested to see that the garage a friend of mine was having built was green oak framed with dowel assembly - the wood was coming from a local mill and he said the cost was very competitive.

    Could one build a gate on the same principal ?

    Rob
     
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    this isnt spam guys. i work for a timber merchant in glasgow called - - - - - - LTD. We suppy all of the materials you suggested in this post. we do special seletion jobs. what i mean by that is say you want 2 or 3 pieces of timber to have matching grain, then we will dig through the pack to find ones that is suitable for you. or say you wnt knot free timber, then we will do the same thing.

    i am the side loader driver in there and the manager of the company will be very happy with me if i get the company some business. so if you are goin to order anything , i would appreciate it if you said kevin the sideloader driver recommended you.

    i hope you find something that will be usefull to you.

    here is the website for us.

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