Counter Balance Gate v2


  • 6 x 1.2m (4ft) light spars
  • 1 x 1.0m (3ft) light spars
  • 2 x 2.0m (7ft) light spars
  • 5 x 0.45 (1ft 6inch) staves
  • 2 x 1.8m (6ft) staves
  • 2 x 1.0m (3ft) staves
  • 1 stick with a small branch stub
  • 1 log counterweight
  • a small spacer cut from a log approx 75mm in diameter and 75mm long
  • 2 tins


The gate panel is built using 2 x 2m, 1 x 1m and 1 x 1.2m light spars – the 1m spar is lashed between the ends of the 2m spars and the 1.2m spar is lashed parallel to the 1m spar and approx 1.2m from it. This 1.2m spar forms the pivot post.

The square of the gate is braced using the two 1.8m staves.

A small hole is dug in the ground and one of the tins set into it. A round pebble is placed in the tin then the gate is put in position, with the pivot post standing in the tin.

The other tin is placed over the top of this same 1.2m spar.

A second 1.2m spar is driven into the ground next to the first one. The wooden spacer is put between the upper can and the top of the second 1.2m spar and lashed in place.

Drive a third 1.2m spar approx 250mm (10″) away from the second one and adjacent to the gate frame.

Lash 2 x .45m (18″) spars between the second and third 1.2m spars, between the horizontals of the gate frame. Use the 2 x 1m staves as cross bracing between these two uprights.

Drive a further 1.2m spar 150mm (6″) from the previous one and in line with it.

Lash 1 x 0.45m spar between the tops of these last two vertical spars above the level of the gate frame.

Drive one more 1.2m spar vertically at the other end of the gate frame for the gate to shut against.

The final 1.2m spar is driven into the ground 150mm (6″) from the previous one but at right angles to the gate. Join these two spars top and bottom with 0.45m spars.

Tie the stick with the branch stub horizontally to these this frame for the gate shut onto.

The log counterweight is placed next to the uprights. It should weigh approx the same as the gate itself. A rope is tied round it, then taken over the horizontal joining and tied on to the top of the gate so that the weight of the log will cause the gate to close again once it has been opened.

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