DIY Garden Gate with Half-Lap Joints

Here’s a quick video of some garden gates I built using half-lap joints that were made with a circular saw. It’s makes for a very strong and clean looking gate and doesn’t require any super special or expensive tools. Thanks for watching:)


I own 100% of the audio and visual content in this video. Music is created for my channel by my brother-in-law, Trey Harris.


Ann Goulding says:

I built my gate using your technique, yesterday. It was easy to do and the gate is very sturdy. I’m really a very handy gal and build things all the time, but I was going to use a kit because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to use your technique, but the kits will be returned to Home Depot. The directions were very easy to follow and the gate swings and works perfectly. Thank you for sharing your video. (I accidently posted this under my daughter’s name….lol)

Daxian Lpw says:

Beautiful work and helpful tutorial. Thanks!

Country Living Experience says:

Great looking gate. I like the way you hung it even better. Very straight forward. I was wondering if you had thought about how the gate can engage the ground better so that no critters can sneak under and have their dinner?

yack f zay says:

That is great seeing an old style gate coming back. I don’t see to much of these gates now a day. Living in a dense populated city, it doesn’t provide security. It’s going to be interesting to see your friends project coming together.

Blackberry Hideout says:

I appreciate the simple look of the gate and the fence, too. It’s beautiful, but doesn’t distract from the coop and garden. Nice touch- baiting us for the next videos to come. :)

Create Nature says:

Great job brother.

Mr. Creel says:

Great video, thanks. I am certainly going to use the shimming board idea next time I hang a gate. Looks like it made easy work of it.

scott jefferies says:

You hung them backwards. The cross brace always goes to the bottom hinge to prevent sag. Otherwise it looks great!

Heli-dodge says:

Nice job.  Were you listening to Jack while hanging the gates?  LOL

Johnsen says:

Great video! nice and easy way to make a garden gate. But you shuld sett the diagonal brace the other way. so that it takes the upper weight to the lover hinge 😉

David Harris says:

You do great work and these gates are plenty strong and light.  The problem, you hung them backward.  The diagonal is to come up off the bottom hinge and support the extended weight from the top.  Your current position will allow for sag and failure.
The build is great but the purpose and longevity of the gate is ultimately determined by the diagonal support that counters the extended weight away from the hinge.  Simply turning it around will probably double the life of the gate.

googalable says:

Can you come to my house and put one of these up for me?

Robert Hansberger says:

Great Video, You built a strong gate but your hinges should be on the side where the cross brace is at the bottom to transfer the weight to the lower part of the swing post.

Tim Robinson says:

no good, brace going wrong way. Bad load transfer.

Charl Joubert says:

Will most certainly remember that tip for hanging a gate, thanks a lot!

weetreebonsai says:

Looks awesome!

cokeman250 says:

Turned out very nice and ur buddy’s place looks good God bless buddy

Rob Rob says:

Great video! I am definitely going to use some of your design elements in my gate!
QUESTION! How did it hold up over time? Since it is hung on a single post with no top frame support, did it bend or is it crooked at all?
I notice the excellent fit that you have in the video, in terms of gaps and hanging straight. I am wondering if it is still hanging perfectly.
A reply is greatly appreciated! Thank You!

c fedyszyn says:

How many screws did you use to secure each lap, and are there special screws for treated wood? Thank you.

Canadian Sasquatch says:

Great stuff as always! I quite like the idea of clamping to the 2×4 across the top to keep it all level and making it easier to work with.  I could have used that trick in the past!   Cheers!

Ellen Robison says:

Awesome video….great little gate! Thanks for the post. I have built many gates small and large, but it has been soooo long since I have I needed a refresher. This was perfect!

Justin Aerni says:

cool setup! good job.

Scott Haun says:

thats a neat little trick to hang the gate! i will be keeping that in the back of my head for future use.

Darbin Orvar says:

Great project, and tip about hanging the gate Joe!

Samuel Tan says:

Nice gate, and I like the trick to use the saw to help make the lap joint Joe!
By the way, I read somewhere, that the “Z” brazing is to be installed with the lower brace end closest to the hinge, thus it will help support the gate from sagging. I guess it doesn’t matter much wth your gate since you put it together strongly and the gate weight is not an issue…Thanks again, Joe!

Don Wepf says:

You should install a YARDLOCK in your next video.

Chad Freiling says:

Love the idea of the sim board. What was the type of wood did you use for the gate and fence? Is it just pre-treated 2×4’s?

Thanks for the Videos!

Scottish NS Rail Fan says:


Steven Kinkead says:

Very nice! One suggestion, if you have a bottle of Titebond 3 wood glue, I’d recommend adding applying it to the joints to make it even stronger, since screws tend to loosen over time. Titebond 3 is best for outdoor use.

Takis Kailos says:

nice  gate!!! Well done and thanx for the hanging  tip!!!

andrew green says:

thanks for sharing! very nice, and economical!

Ted Alexander says:

Just taking time to see more of your work.  Nice gate and great video.

Bert de Weert says:

This comes in really handy Joe. Coincedentally I need to build a small farm gate within a few weeks. That tip on hanging is really sweet. Question: are you and/or your friend into permaculture? And I don’t mean the mud-rolling rainbow-shitting hippies, but legit design science.

Eye Toldyoosso says:

hang on…a 2 by 4 is a inch and a half ?
in what world is a 2 by 4 a inch and a half
a 2 by 4 is 2 inches by 4 inches ,,,

mbarts says:

excellent work! like)))

Randall Montgomery says:

Another great video Joe.  I used pocket joints on the gate door for my chicken run but I like this better.   The tip for using the shim to secure the gate for hardware is excellent.  Keep em coming Joe.  I learn something with each video.

Rebecca Nugent says:

I built my gate using your technique, yesterday. It was easy to do and the gate is very sturdy. I’m really a very handy gal and build things all the time, but I was going to use a kit because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to use your technique, but the kits will be returned to Home Depot. The directions were very easy to follow and the gate swings and works perfectly. Thank you for sharing your video.

Naveen S says:

What is that type of latch you have installed on the gate called?

Slowvannah Farms says:

Wonderful gate, Joe. And you’re right, it’s really sturdy thanks to the joinery. Looking forward to seeing your friend’s garden.

HerringBone says:

Gates look great! Looking forward to the urban farm video!

mcLuvineer says:

I can use this technique on my chicken coop. Thanks

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