Gate locks for wooden gates and garage doors; a guide.

You’ve quite a choice of gate locks for wooden gates and garage doors, ranging from the simple to fit, to the more secure but harder to fit locks. So in this blog post, we round up the best of what is around and give you the pros and cons of each.

* All mentions of locks for garage doors refer to locks for side hinged, timber garage doors only!

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New ironmongery shop is open for business!

On and off over the years (probably more on than off!), we’ve been asked, either via email or over the telephone, whether we could possibly sell a pair of gate hinges, a ring latch or a pair of garage door holders etc on their own and not with a gate or garage door (and yes we could and yes we did!). Why did we never actually think *lightbulb moment*?

Why not start an online shop selling the gate and garage door ironmongery we actually use!

I couldn’t possibly answer and why we never actually started one, I don’t know!

A Westie with some gate hinges

Ted Westie is waiting to take your order!

Help us keep our new “Ironmongery Operations Chief” in his newly promoted role…

Well, he has to earn his keep somehow! He likes ‘working with’ the postman, so we thought this was an ideal role for him…*

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Garage doors for sale – a buying guide

There is a vast array of timber garage doors on the market, from different timbers to different methods of operation; this guide is specifically for side-hinged garage doors, sliding garage doors and bi-folding garage doors.

We do not make up-and-over garage doors, these are manufactured differently, usually as lightweight as possible and based on a metal framework, so these doors are not covered in this guide.


Garage door or gate?
Wood is wood, right?
Letting your garage doors weather naturally
Construction methods
Types of garage doors
Full thickness bottom rails
Mortice & tenon jointed doors
Proper wedged Mortice & tenon jointed doors

Adding the T&G boarding
Panelled garage doors
Do the doors overlap when closed?
Garage doors with windows
Hinges, locks, ironmongery
Garage door frames – Cill, sill or not?
Garage doors for oak garages
Garage door for car ports

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Introducing the Wood Durability Guide: A Database & Infographics about Timber Durability

We’ve put together a handy little resource about Wood Durability, including a database with durability ratings by timber. When finding the right timber for our gates and garage doors, we look at durability and find a suitable class – the database will be useful for whatever you’re planning to create.

There are also some Wood Durability Infographics, which go into detail on what affects durability and displays ratings in a quick-reference style.

Find the Wood Durability Database here!


Removing small dents from wood

It’s all too easy when working with timber to damage it, for example, missing with your hammer and leaving hammer rash all over your nicely planed timber. So, what’s the best way to go about removing dents from wood?

Well, we could use some filler; if the timber is being painted then it’s not going to show, but if the finished piece is going to be stained, oiled or left un-coated, then the filler is going to stick out like a sore thumb.

We could sand the timber down to get rid of the indentation, however, if you’re already at your finished thickness then this will reduce the thickness of the timber, and if you’ve got a big indentation, then your nice flat timber surface will more than likely end up slightly dipped, as you concentrate sanding in the area of the dent.

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Free timber to Hawarden High School

If you’ve been reading our blog, or following us on social media, then you’re probably aware that for the last few months, we’ve been giving away our offcuts to local schools and colleges for use in woodworking class and hopefully to help the next generation of carpenters and joiners to get their first experience of working with timber.

The latest school to benefit from our offcuts of timber is Hawarden High School in Flintshire and here, thanks to David Owen and Mark Kenny, we get to see what they’ve made from the timber!

Are you a Joiner, Carpenter, or Woodworker?

If so, and you’re based in North Wales, and you have offcuts of timber to spare, then what are you waiting for?

Hawarden High School minibus full of timber

We’re going to need a bigger boat minibus!

Please do get in touch as it’s very much us on our own with a still MASSIVE list of schools all desperately in need of timber! You can get in touch with us using the contact form here.
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The ultimate guide to buying a wooden gate that lasts!

There are a wide range of different types of wooden gates on the market: hardwood or softwood gates, ledged gates, morticed and tenon jointed gates, dowelled morticed and tenon jointed gates, through-wedged morticed and tenon jointed gates, standard sized, made to measure…the list is endless. So what should I look for when choosing the right wooden gate, I hear you ask?

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Bespoke wooden gates with raised panels

From time to time, as we are making a bespoke gate, (by bespoke I mean a gate made to our customer’s own design, rather than a made to measure gate from our own range of gates), we like to show you exactly goes into one of them so you can get an idea how we make them and the quality to expect in everything we produce. So once again, we’re going to have a look at a bespoke wooden gates with raised panels; if you don’t know what raised panels are, then all will be revealed!

These gates were influenced by our St Asaph driveway gates, which are part of our standard range of made to measure gates, but the customer saw our ‘customise your gates’ page and decided to go for something a bit different and we were given this sketch to work with…

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