How to Install a Gate in a Wood Stockade Fence

What You'll Need
Measuring tape or stick
Wooden stakes
Post-hole digger
Wooden planks
Power saw
Power drill
Gate hinges
Gate latch

The wood stockade fence was used as a structure for defense and protection in the past. Today, this type of fencing is used as a decorative element in many yards. Stockade fences enclose the garden and protect the privacy of the homeowners. If you have decided to install a gate on your wood stockade fence, follow the simple steps below.

Step 1 – Prepare the Area

Purchase heavy hardware to prevent the need of replacement or frequent repair works. Use a digger to place the gate posts in concrete to secure footing for the gate. You can use wooden stakes to mark the positions where the gate posts will go. For a 6-foot fence, the concrete should be 24 inches deep.

Cut a panel of the stockade fence using a circular saw. The measurement should be a ½-inch less than the gate’s opening.

Step 2 – Take Measurements

Place the panel on its face, and measure a 2x4-inch marking on top of the rails. This should run diagonally, connecting the top and bottom. Mark another 2x4-inch spot at the place where the marking meets the rails on each side. Cut at the 2x4-inch mark to create a miter on both ends, with the 2x4-inch panel fitting snugly between the rails.

Step 3 – Attach the Brace

Attach the brace to the gate using treated screws that measure 1 5/8 inches long. The screws should go through the pickets’ face and reach the brace so they are securely attached to the back of the panel. The aim of this step is to prevent the gate from sagging.

Step 4 – Place the Hinges

Place hinges on the picket side of the panel to create an outward swing. For the inward swing, attach the hinges on the rail’s side. Fold the hinge to create a 90-degree angle. Make sure that the hinge is centered directly over the panel rail.

Make marks for the screw holes on the panel. Attach the hinges to the bottom and top rails, and drill holes for the bolts at the marked places.  

Step 5 – Attach the Gate

Place each hinge edge against the fence, fitting it snugly in place. Align the fence panels with the rails of the gate, and make adjustments for the height if they do not line up. Position the hinges, drill pilot holes and attach at the gate side of the hinge.

Step 6 – Attach Latch

Look at the instructions of the latch manufacturer to install the latch. As a rule, the finishing step involves marking the position of the post piece based on the height of the gate. Finally, make a hole at the marked position, and attach the latch using nails or the provided hardware.