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My homemade farm entry gate

 
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I Built some nice driveway entry columns last summer and got to thinking how tacky a regular store bought farm gate would look so being our farm is less than 1000 feet from the Bay of Fundy, i decided a nautical theme would be cool. So i went about salvaging galvanized fence pipe and built a pneumatic pipe bending machine and found a picture of what i wanted and had it blown up on the computer to print it in individual grid block sheets so i could expand it to 8 foot tall by 16 foot wide to fit my gate opening. Then i used a wide flat top farm trailer to lay the paper pattern out and tape it all together (165 sheets). Then Came the fun part, cutting, bending and welding hundreds of pieces of pipe and wire mesh to form a skeleton of a Octopus. Then i had to find a heat resistant foam sheeting and pipe insulation (EPDM) To wrap the frame with to build it out so i could carve the foam and sand it smooth to get it's final shape. Then i started layer upon layer of fiberglass and color tinting to get the color patterns i wanted. I'm in the final stages now waiting for the weather to warm back up so that i can put the final 3 coats of clear finish resin. I Even hand drilled and installed over 600 silicone rubber suction cups to get a realistic effect and look.  I Hope it looks o.k. because it has taken me three years to get it to this stage of 85%.

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Nice gate Thomas, welcome to Permies!!
 
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