On Thu, May 18, 2017 at 6:42 AM, John M Johnston (jmjhnstn) <
> Here are my questions:
> 1. I'm planning on using 1 1/2 inch thick lumber, though I could also go
> as thick as 2 or 2 1/4 inch thick stuff. Is 1 1/2 inch stout enough if the
> bottom rail is 7 inches wide, the middle and top rails 4 inches, and the
> sides 5 inches wide? Do these dimensions seem sufficient to keep the gate
> stiff and prevent sagging over time?
> 2. I was planning on using basic hand cut blind mortise and tenon joinery
> for the gate frame. Should I also plan to use a drawbore pin at each
> joint? Is this the best joinery option for a relative wide exterior gate?
> 3. What else am I not considering that I should be?
1 - I would worry more about the posts moving under the weight of the gate
if you go too thick. That will be a beastly heavy (though very pretty)
gate at those dimensions
2 - I would think big M&T, plus pairs of pins at each joint would help with
the sagging. With no diagonal bracing, there will be stresses there.
Kirk Eppler, back in Half Moon Bay, CA, who has built an ugly gate or two,
and fixed many more.