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  1. #1
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    Jun. 28, 2012

    Default Craigslist score! free split rail fence! woohoo! now what kind of gate?

    I am getting 2 different sizes of split rail for free (I love Craigslist)and am so excited. The smaller 2 rail is going to be used around dressage arena and the larger 3 rail I am going to make a lunging pen. Both fences are coming from horse farms upgrading but I will take it since I'm leasing and on a budget
    What kind of gates do you think I should use? I have plenty of 2x4s about 6' long I could do something with. Thought about tube gates but that won't match very well.
    What do you guys think/

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb. 6, 2007
    Maryland USA


    2x4s would be a very heavy gate.

    Wood would look nicer with split rail but making a good gate takes some carpentry skill. Buying something prebuilt is _much_easier.

    Pros make split rail gates that mimic the look of the fence:

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul. 19, 2010
    Gum Tree PA


    We still have some split rail left on our farm and the tube gates look fine. Tractor Supply for $70. Won’t be giving our fence away it makes great firewood. Especially the posts.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb. 2, 2003
    Iowa, USA


    For the gate, since neither would be a turnout area, a quick-n-dirty gate would be to have one section where there's only one rail straight across, and you simply slide it out of its "moorings" to enter/leave.

    A very simple "breezeway" kind of gate like this would be super-simple to build.

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