Drive Entry Gates | “Tree of Life” & Plasma Cut Farm Scene

Drive Entry Gates

Metal Art Oak Tree with Cattle Scene Background

These dual swing drive entry gates feature a giant oak tree and are complimented by a pastoral farm scene background. The gates are 24′ wide overall between the posts. We built them for a cattle farm in southern Ohio.

Drive entry gates with silhouettes of cattle and a large metal oak tree.

Plasma Cut Driveway Gate Panels

Plasma cut driveway gate panel.

The background scene on these drive gate panels was cut with a CNC plasma cutter from 11 ga steel. There are three cows, a bull and a calf depicted in a wooded pasture.

The CNC plasma cutter leaves a smoother edge than our hand cut gates but there is no real difference once the panels are powder coated because the powder coat has a tendency to build up on the cut edges, thereby rounding these edges anyways.

Turnkey Solar Drive Entry Gate Operator Systems

We built these drive entry gates to accommodate an Apollo 1650 ETL solar powered gate opener system with remote entry, keypad entry and automated exit sensor functions. We have always been impressed with the craftsmanship of these particular openers and would recommend them for nearly any application. We upgraded to an oversize solar panel to absorb sunlight at a much faster rate than a smaller solar panel. These drive entry gates are towards the bottom of a valley so the sun is not in line of sight for more than a few hours everyday. The battery holds enough charge to operate the gates approximately 300 cycles before needing to be recharged. The solar panel charges the battery back up to full in just a couple of hours, even on an overcast day.

Drive Entry Gate Designs by JDR Metal Art

We customize our drive entry gate designs for each and every individual project in order to meet the needs of the individual client. This particular client raises cattle and wanted them to play a dominant role in the overall design. We also design drive entry gates featuring horses, wildlife & much more!

Ex.: Wildlife, Pets, Equine, Trees, Farm, Ranch, Residential, Simple, Traditional, etc.

Oregon Aluminum Driveway Gates with Elk

Oregon Driveway Gates

Plasma Cut Aluminum Elk Theme

At JDR Metal Art we custom built these aluminum driveway gates for a client’s home on the Pacific coast in Oregon. They are dual swing gates which are 18′ wide total (9′ per gate panel). They were built from aluminum per the special request of our customer. They are much lighter than our typical steel driveway gates. Each gate weighs roughly 100lbs. Here the gates are shown after we powder coated them black.

Oregon Aluminum Driveway Gates by JDR Metal Art 2015

On the material specifics; we cut 1″ aluminum square tubing with a 1/8″ thick wall for the pickets. Cast aluminum finials were welded on top of the arched gate frames. The gate frames were made with 2″ square tubing, also 1/8″wall thickness. We welded J-bolt style aluminum hinges with ball bearing and grease fittings to the 4 x 4 x 1/4 square tubing posts. Once the gate posts are set in concrete, the J-bolts go through the gate frames and the driveway gates hang in the air. The gates are then leveled precisely by means of a nut and jam nut on each of the four J-bolts.

Aluminum driveway gates with pickets, finials, elk silhouettes and name cutouts.

Aluminum Plasma Cut Gate Burnouts

We laid out and cut these metal art elk by hand with the assistance of a Hypertherm 30 amp plasma cutter. The elk are made from 3/16″ aluminum plate. The rings were hand rolled from 3/16″ plate also and they were then welded into the gate pickets.

Aluminum Driveway Gates by JDR Metal Art 2015

Custom Driveway Gate Lettering

We also burned the lettering out with a plasma torch. Our customer’s last name was welded into the pickets at the bottom of the driveway gate. We are glad to say they now have a gate unlike any other!

Custom Aluminum Driveway Gate Design Work by JDR Metal Art

We worked with these clients from Oregon mostly via email to provide them with numerous drafts of the gate design until we were able to meet their needs for a custom gate design. It is always exciting to be creating something new for people and we were thrilled to ultimately be able to take part in bringing another driveway gate from concept to fruition.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via our Contact Us webpage. We hope to be building more custom aluminum driveway gates soon!

Ex.: Wildlife, Pets, Equine, Trees, Farm, Ranch, Residential, Simple, Traditional, etc.