Custom Ranch Gates – Elegant 12′ Oak Tree with Whitetail Deer

Custom Ranch Gates

​12′ Dual Swing Oak Tree with Whitetails

Designed, Fabricated, Powder Coated & Installed by JDR Metal Art

with liftmaster la 500 commercial grade automatic operator System

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This custom ranch gate project went flawlessly from start to finish and was tons of fun all along the way.

We began with the 12′ dual swing gate design (a modification of one of our Washington driveway gates) and ended up adding to it a 14′ tall overhead arch with our customer’s ranch name plasma cut in a neat and attractive font.

12′ Gate Design

Here’s our initial design concept; each gate panel is exactly 6′ wide at the frame. The total opening between the posts is 12′ 10″ which allows for hinge spacing and a center gap of approximately 1″.

fabrication

 

Locating and placing the gate opener bracket for the LA 500.

spec’d for Liftmaster LA 500 Gate openers

Our gate opener/operator of choice for this project is the Liftmaster LA 500 system. It’s a 24 volt DC commercial duty system which offers twice as much voltage (power) as the 12v systems. Liftmaster has become a household name over the years with great brand recognition, unsurpassed quality and excellent customer service.

For automating this ranch entrance we installed the LIFTMASTER LA 500 dual swing gate opener system. The gate opener and photo eye brackets were welded in place on the gates and posts prior to powder coating.

la 500 gate bracket

photo eyes

Building the stands for the photo eyes. The photo eyes play an extremely important safety role in this project. The holes in the stands are drilled and tapped for ease of installation onsite.

keypad stand

 

 

 

Overhead arch for “take a chance ranch”

Lettering is cut from 3/16″ sheet steel, welded to a rolled 2x2x1/8″ square tube. Will be welded to top of the gate posts with fluxcore/gasless welder.

custom plasma cut Ranch brand

One of several signs plasma we cut from 3/16″ steel for our client to put up around the ranch.

posts & small parts racked for powder coat

 

powder coated driveway gates

Our favorite black powder coat – 60% gloss – is a “super durable” grade powder coat made especially for high UV outdoor exposure. It looks great for many many years without the typical premature fading and/or peeling of a liquid coating. Because it is applied in the form of a dry powder, there is no need for industrial solvents and is thus green friendly. Once the powder is applied to the parts, the parts go into a propane fired powder coat oven where they bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. As the parts heat up a chemical reaction occurs and the powder turns into a gel at first and then fully cures into a tough finish as it cools, a powder painted finish is much tougher than liquid painted but without the extended cure times which liquid coatings suffer from, generally weeks to a month or more. Whereas a powder coated gate is fully cured upon baking; liquid coated gates are often still far from fully cured during the time of delivery & installation, thus leading to easily scratched and rubbed off paint finishes due to handling parts with a yet uncured finish.

 

Gate post holes prepped for ‘crete

Holes have been drilled 40″ deep with a 24″ wide auger. The dummy base plates have been set in place with the threaded rods in their final resting place.

pourin’ ‘crete

 


 

 

 

 

liftmaster la 500 photo eye

The photo eye is a safety device which monitors the entry opening for obstructions in the pathway of the gate during the open/close cycle. Like a garage door, it reverses the course of the opener when an obstruction is sensed in the pathway of the gate. This newest model also has an onboard thermostat and heater.

 

  

          

 

 

Pensacola Florida Aluminum Driveway Gates – Plasma Cut Logo & Mexican Clavos Design

Pensacola FL Aluminum Driveway Gates

Custom Designed Plasma Cut Logos & Mexican Clavos

Here’s a 20′ dual swing aluminum driveway gate project recently completed by JDR Metal Art for a Pensacola, Florida property entrance.

Custom aluminum driveway gates with black powder coat finish.

Starting Out: Plasma Cutting The Gate Logos

Hypertherm plasma torch cutting metal design logo from aluminum 3/16" thick.

Logos and signs cut from 3/16″ thick aluminum sheet, marine grade 5083.

Clean aluminum gate logo on background of unclean aluminum sheet.

Cleaned aluminum for custom gate logo.

Aluminum gate medallions plasma cut by JDR Metal Art for Pensacola Florida gate project.

Rolling Gate Logo Frames

Using a bender to roll the frames for the gate logos from 1/4″ thick by 2″ wide flat bar.

Rolling band for gate logo from aluminum flat bar.

Rolling aluminum flat bar.

Rolling 1/4"x2" flat bar into rings for the gate logo.

Aluminum gate design with logo being prepared for welding.

Custom plasma cut gate logo.

Clamping together a sign and ring in preparation for putting into the gate frame.

Polished aluminum sheet metal with plasma cut gate logo.

Sawing The Gate Frames

Using a horizontal band saw to cut 45 degree miters into the ends of the tubes which get mitered and welded together.  2 x 2 x 3/16″ aluminum frame material.

Horizontal saw cutting miters into 2x2 aluminum square tubing for gate frame.

Beveled and mitered aluminum square tubing.

Parts Prepared for Fabrication

All materials are saw and plasma cut, then prepared for fabrication. Saw and plasma cut material for custom aluminum gate and sign order.

Framing Up the Gates

All welded areas are degreased with acetone, mitered with a flap disc and scoured with a stainless steel wire brush prior to preheating and welding.

Square tubing tacked together for gate frame.

Aluminum square tubing frame for fabrication of driveway gate

Frame for building dual swing aluminum gates.

Building a gate frame and checking for squareness of the ends.

2x2 square tubing frame and 3/16" sheet metal design.

Square tubing bent into aluminum arches for custom gate.

Custom aluminum gate frames on top of each other.

Aluminum framing for custom gate.

Assembling aluminum sheet and square tubing.

Preheating the Aluminum Prior to Welding

Preheating aluminum prior to welding evaporates the “sweat” i.e. condensation which forms on the metal from humidity in the air. Moisture can cause the welds to be brittle and weak so preheating is important. The preheat also makes the initial section of weld stick better to the base metal.

Preheating aluminum gate tubing for spool gun welding.

Condensation sweating off the material after preheating the weld zone.

Moisture beading up on heated aluminum while preheating for welding.

Tack Welding Pickets In Place

All the pickets were placed first, then the logos placed on top and the spots traced onto the pickets before cutting them again.

Aluminum pickets for custom aluminum gate in Pensacola.

Layout of the Logos

Building an aluminum gate with logos.

Placing the logo into a custom aluminum picket gate.

Aluminum picket gate frame and plasma cut logo.

Gate frame for Mexican clavos project in Pensacola.

Layout of Top Sheet

Tracing out the area to be plasma cut. The Mexican clavos will be applied to the sheet once it is installed.

Layout of plasma cut top section.

Plasma cutting the top sheet which will hold the Mexican clavos.

Plasma cut top section.

Welded aluminum sheet metal welded to gate frame.

Ornamental aluminum gate panel for Pensacola job.

Locating the Clavos

The Mexican clavos are laid out in position and will be permanently applied after sandblasting the gates down to raw metal.

Mexicon clavos on ornamental aluminum driveway gate panel.

Mexican clavos on aluminum driveway gate.

Hinge Brackets Welded in Place on Back of Gate

Hinge brackets for aluminum gate.

Ready for Sandblast

Dual swing aluminum driveway gates.

Welded aluminum gate logo.

Custom logo for aluminum gate.

Aluminum gate panel with plasma cut design.

Loaded on the sandblast rack with 2 other sets of gates.

Sunrise over aluminum driveway gates racked up to be sandblasted.

Aluminum gate logo after it has been sandblasted prior to powder coat.

Custom aluminum driveway gate that was sandblasted.

Raw aluminum sandblasted clean of all oxidaation

Sandblasted metal logo for custom Pensacola driveway gate made from aluminum.

Sandblasted logo for custom aluminum driveway gate.

Sandblasted metal signs and posts.

Raw aluminum after it was sandblasted.

Aluminum gates and signs that have been sandblasted in preparation for powder coating.

Powder Coating the Gates

Each gate panel and sign is pre-treated with an environmentally friendly corrosion control chemical followed by 2 coats of polyester powder coat. The film thickness of powder coat is around 6-8 mils. This is 4-5 times thicker than a 2-coat paint finish.

Aluminum gate sprayed with powder coat prior to oven bake.

Powder coated aluminum driveway gate in the oven.

Black driveway gate being powder coated.

Black aluminum Mexican clavos that has been powder coated.

A black powder coated Mexican clavos.

Powder coated black sign logo for custom Pensacola gate.

Mexican clavos gate.

Custom plasma cut sign powder coated black.

Custom gate on pallet ready to ship to Pensacola Florida.

Driveway gate being crated up for shipment to Florida.

Custom powder coated sign.

Aluminum entrance gates with black powder coat finish.

Completed and on to the next project! 🙂

Charleston, SC Custom Iron Gates – JDR Metal Art

Charleston, South Carolina Custom Iron Gates by JDR Metal Art

Plasma Cut Scrollwork & Wrought Iron Ornamental Elements

These custom iron gates are going to a property in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.

Designed and fabricated by JDR Metal Art,  a nationwide supplier of custom gates.

Custom design for driveway gates by JDR Metal Art created for Charleston property.

A set of custom dual swing steel driveway gates after they were sandblasted.

They are dual swing steel, each panel is 8′ wide, created for a 16’10” driveway opening. They will be hanging from 6×6″ steel posts, 1/4″ wall thickness.

Driveway layout for custom gates with columns and steel posts.

Dual swing wrought iron gate.

The scrollwork is plasma cut from 1/2″ thick steel plate.

Sandblasted steel driveway gate with plasma cut scroll and 1/2" flat bar.

Steel scrollwork plasma cut from 1/2" plate steel.

Fabrication of metal art driveway gate for Charleston, South Carolina property.

Fabrication of wrought iron and plasma cut driveway gate.

 

 

 

 

Construction of driveway gate with steel elements.

Square tubing, flat bar, plasma cut steel welded together for a driveway gate.

Plasma cut scrollwork, 2x2 square tubing steel and hammered wrought iron scroll.

Welded metal element for ornamental driveway gate.

Wrought iron baluster for driveway gate fabricated by JDR Metal Art.

Because nothing says NO TRESPASSING quite like two German Shepherds…on Iron Gates

Iron gates really don’t have to be mundane.

They can have something to say about what is on the other side.




For 2019, we look forward to continue helping people make an impact and stand out from the crowd.

Thanks to everyone who made us a part of their lives in 2018..a year with more repeat customers..the highest of compliments for us at JDR Metal Art!

Here are some more pics of the process…

Photo of German shepherd and butterfly emblem on ornamental gate.


Arkansas Driveway Gates with American Flag & Dogs Theme

Driveway Gates with American Flag & Dogs Theme

Custom Made by JDR Metal Art

12′ Single Swing, 6′ Tall

Nationwide Shipping

Buy custom driveway gates handcrafted from steel or aluminum. 

This gate has a 2″ square tubing frame, 1/8″ wall thickness. The gate hinges are adjustable, maintenance-free sealed roller bearings rated for 3000 lbs. We also supplied 6″ square tubing steel posts for this project.

American Flag & Dogs Theme Shipped to Arkansas in October 2018

Steel single swing ornamental driveway gate with plasma cut design.

Sandblasted, zinc rich primer and super durable black powder coat finish baked at 400F. The two-coat system greatly improves the lifespan of the finish, prevents rust from forming beneath the powder coat and even keeps rust from spreading at any scratches that go down to bare metal. Color-matching touchup paint is a great solution to seal any nicks or scratches which seem to inevitably occur during installation.

Do You Need To Buy Driveway Gates Online?

Quality gates can be hard to find locally or when found are often steeply overpriced. More and more people are turning to buying their driveway gates online. JDR Metal Art has been selling custom gates online for nearly a decade and can help you buy the high-quality driveway gates you are looking for at a competitive price, no matter your location.

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