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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the wood badge in Metal Working.

For this BB, you will be making a pretty metal gate!

Here is one way to do it:


Point range for this BB is 8 to 16.  A typical pretty gate would earn 8 points.  Something from a European castle would be 16 points.

Rough (very rough) idea of points are as follows:
8 points
12 points
16 points

Minimum requirements:
  - Pretty enough  that you're likely to get 4 ooohs and aaaahs from visitors each year
  - You build the gate from raw materials
  - Some parts (hinges, latches) can be purchased

To document your completion of the BB, provide the photos or video (<2 min) of the following:
 - The supplies you're starting with
 - Partway through the build
 - The finished pretty metal gate
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This gate is pretty "manly".  :)


One of several hand made gates in my tiny urban yard.  The first gate I'd ever made.  Simple hand tools.  A grinder and sawzall were used to cut everything.  A 110v flux wire welder (no gas) for all the welding.  A hammer and a vice to curve each of the individual sections of web.  It's totally imperfect, just like a real web.

The spider hole came from a used fire extinguisher I cut the bottom off of.  The top part of the extinguisher I turned into a door bell hung above my front door.

There is a snake like creature that is the actual latching mechanism.  Totally original idea that I've never seen anywhere else.  The damn thing has almost poked my eye out on several occasions.  I love it.

The frame around the gate is wire management racking that carries the wires in computer rooms.  I used to build server rooms, and when we'd demo old rooms, they'd throw out the racking.......which I normally found a use for.  Before the racking was the frame for the gate, I used it as a lumber rack in my old toyota truck.  Repurposed twice after it's initial life.



Made it in 2014.

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Starting out with 1" x 1" square mild steel tube. Fire extinguisher cut.
Starting out with 1" x 1" square mild steel tube. Fire extinguisher cut.
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Ladder rack frame roughed around gate.
Ladder rack frame roughed around gate.
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Close up.
Close up.
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Making the web. This was very tedious work, and took hours.
Making the web. This was very tedious work, and took hours.
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Side view.
Side view.
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Spider made from scrap metal.
Spider made from scrap metal.
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The coolest snake latch you'll ever see.
The coolest snake latch you'll ever see.
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A spider to fill in a gap.
A spider to fill in a gap.
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A snuck. Half snake, half duck. I never said I was a great fabricator.
A snuck. Half snake, half duck. I never said I was a great fabricator.
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The "pretty" part.
The "pretty" part.
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The functional part.
The functional part.
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More function.
More function.
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The manly part.
The manly part.
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this pretty gate for 12 points

 
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Joshua, I LOVE your gate.  Halloween is my favorite holiday, this would fit right in.  Bravo!
 
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