|Natalie Cromack||16/01/2021 16:37:25|
|1 forum posts|
Hi all, first time posting on here!
I’m making a side gate in a couple of weeks using larch T&G (19mm x 145mm).
Should I glue the vertical T&G joints?
Should I screw the vertical boards to the L&B’s? Or nail with my nail gun? (I have 1st and 2nd fix).
This is my first time working with larch and I really don’t want to screw it up!
Thank you, Natalie
|Mike Jordan||07/04/2021 18:35:31|
165 forum posts
No don't glue either joint, the boards will need to expand and contract with changes in moisture levels. If you glue the vertical boards into one large slab it will split if it contracts or jam in the frame if it expands. It is normal to leave a small gap between the boards to allow for expansion. Using a coin as a gauge is ideal.
Normal practice is to use two screws at each end of the ledges through into the side boards. This stops repeated slamming from pulling out the nails.
It's most important that you brace the gate correctly, the braces need to to run from the bottom on the hinge side to the top on the clapping (handle) side.
Best of luck with the project.
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