Aluminum Driveway Gates | Custom Florida Keys Project | Palm Trees & Fence Design by JDR Metal Art

Aluminum Driveway Gates – JDR Metal Art

Custom Florida Keys Entry Gate Project

Palm Tree & Fence Design

Driveway gate with palm tree design at residence in Marathon, Florida.
Florida Keys Palm Tree Themed Custom Driveway Gate.

Two driveway gates with palm tree design in front of residence.

These unique dual-swing, marine-grade aluminum driveway gates were custom designed, plasma cut, built and powder coated by JDR Metal Art.

They were then crated and shipped via FedEx Freight to our client in the Florida Keys.

Plasma Cutting The Artwork

Here is the plasma torch.

Plasma cutting palm tree from aluminum sheet metal.

Plasma cutting uses an electrical arc and a stream of air to cut through the aluminum.

Plasma cutting sparks from aluminum sheet.

The CNC table is a computerized machine that the plasma torch is mounted to. The table follows the cut path exactly how the designer created the file. Once the design is programmed into a file, the file with all necessary parameters is loaded into the plasma table.Aluminum being plasma cut on a CNC plasma table.

Plasma cutting a section of fence for Florida entrance design.

Once the plasma cutting program has completed it’s course then the silhouette is removed from the table and cleaned up with a grinder and zirconia flap disc to remove the slight amount of dross that formed on the back of the metal while it was being cut.

Silhouette of palm tree plasma cut from aluminum.

Framing The Gate Panels Up

Laying out the frame on the back side of the plasma cut palm tree/fence silhouettes. The design hides the frame so it won’t be seen from the front by passersby.

Dual swing aluminum driveway gates 16' wide during layout of frame.

Plasma cut metal art palm trees and fence design.

Aluminum gate panel laying on welding table.

Palm tree driveway gate with fence accent design.

Aluminum gate frame prior to welding on fab table.

 

Aluminum metal art palm tree gate panel after welding.

Fabricating The Gate Posts

These dual swing gates will be hanging from aluminum gate posts. We build our own gate hinges. The hinge tabs are welded to the gate posts and the hinges are ready to bolt onto the posts at the time of gate installation.

Aluminum 4x4 gate post with hinge tabs welded on.

The gate posts are 4×4 aluminum with 1/4″ wall thickness. The hinge tabs are plasma cut from 1/4″ plate aluminum and welded to the posts by spray arc with an aluminum spool gun.

4x4 aluminum driveway gate post with hinge tabs.

Powder Coat Finishing

These gates are built from marine grade aluminum which, after fabrication is first de-oxidized  and conversion coated, then given two coats of a super durable grade white powder coat finish. The second coat adds several mils of thickness to the finish, bringing the total finish to between 6 and 8 mils thick which is much thicker than paint. Perfect finish for resisting corrosion in a salty environment.

Aluminum gate panel after it was powder coated white by JDR Metal Art.

 

Palm tree gate panel after white powder coat finish was applied.

Smooth white powder coat after it has been applied and baked at 400 degrees.

White powder coated aluminum plasma cut metal art.

Side shot of the gates and posts after powder coat finishing.

Side view of white powder coated aluminum drive gates and gate posts.

Thanks for reading our blog post. If you need a custom gate JDR Metal Art definitely has your solution, no matter if you’re located in the Florida Keys or anywhere else. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for a quote!

These Driveway Gates feature a Stunning Bronze Maple Tree

Driveway Gates with Maple Tree Design by JDR Metal Art

Custom gates are more than just a great way to keep people out of places they don’t belong.

The process of creating a unique custom gate brings people together, connecting them with a singular purpose.

When an idea for a custom gate finds fertile ground it has all the potential it needs to unfold in the form of an intricate work of art.

Appearance matters but can be deceiving to the uninitiated. True value is found in things that not only look great at first impression but will also withstand the test of time.

custom maple tree gate-front

custom maple tree gate-back

 Bronze powder coated finish

14′ dual swing driveway entry

6″ x 6″ x 1/4″ steel gate posts with adjustable hinges

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7′ tall center height

 

custom maple tree gate-side view

Detail, Detail, Detail…From Start to Finish

Creating custom gates involves in many skill sets which are applied in succession to bring forth the finished product.

Each project begins in the design stage. The concept is formed into a shape that fits accordingly with the details of the client’s exact needs and desires.

The concept then converges with the materials provided by nature and the energy of labor.

The outcome is of course determined by the amount of skilled attention and detail applied throughout the process.

If you have an idea you would like to discuss for a custom gate, please inquire using the form below or contact us! Hope to hear from you soon.

Ex. 12' wide x 6' tall
Ex.: Farm, Ranch, Residential, Simple, Traditional, Wildlife, Pets, Equine, Trees, , etc.

Oklahoma Driveway Gates – 15′ Single Swing Elk & Turkey Theme

Driveway Gates for Oklahoma City Elk Ranch

These Oklahoma City driveway gates were custom designed and handcrafted by JDR Metal Art for an elk ranch just a few miles north of Oklahoma City. We built three 15′ single swing gates with an elk and turkey gate theme that goes great with the client’s ranch property.

Elk Gate Design

We began with the customer’s design concept. After several drafts we finalized a design that the customer was comfortable proceeding with.

This is a driveway gate with an elk and wild turkey design.

 

Sawing & Plasma Cutting the Material

Once the design was complete we began cutting material. Here’s a clip of the square tubing frame being mitered on a horizontal band saw. Miter cut parts are significantly stronger when welded and transfer force more efficiently than overlapped & welded parts.

Plasma Cutting 

In the picture below the 15′ sheet is loaded on the table, indexed and ready to plasma cut.

Turkeys

Below we’re cutting the turkeys. These silhouettes are cut from 15′ long, 3/16″ thick steel sheets. 

 

Finished Plasma Cut Decorative Sheet #1

Here’s one of the 15′ sheets once plasma cutting has been completed.

From Plasma Table to Fabrication Table

Using a forklift to move the sheet to the welding table to be welded into a gate frame. It takes some creativity to make it happen with parts this size.

Fabrication of Panel #1 Complete

This gate panel is welded into the frame and ready for sandblast & powder coat.

 

Gate Installed in Oklahoma

This is the main entrance to the ranch. The client installed the gates after delivery. Two other gate panels are installed elsewhere on the ranch. Gate is hung from 6×6″ square tubing post and hinges are adjustable roller bearing hinges custom made by JDR Metal Art.

Elk and turkey design on metal farm gate in Oklahoma.

This was really a fun project to do…the customer was fantastic to work with every step of the way.

If you need a custom Oklahoma farm or ranch driveway gate be sure to get in touch with us! We make them any size, and design and deliver nationwide. We look forward to making your gate project a big success!

Ex. 12' wide x 6' tall
Ex.: Farm, Ranch, Residential, Simple, Traditional, Wildlife, Pets, Equine, Trees, , etc.

Maple Leaf Driveway Gate Design by JDR Metal Art | New in 2018

Driveway Gates with Maple Tree & Leaf Designs

Did you know that there are over 100 species of maple (acer) trees worldwide?

With its wide range of uses, from the Japanese art of bonzai to furniture making, the maple tree is widely appreciated for its beauty and regarded as a symbol of strength and endurance.

Maple Tree Leaf Designs for Gates

JDR Metal Art recently created this maple themed custom metal driveway gate from a collection of 11 different species of maple tree leaves.

Driveway gates with maple tree leaves and leafs that were plasma cut by JDR Metal Art.

These driveway gates can be made any size and from either steel or aluminum.

The standard size is two 8′ wide panels which are 6′ tall.

Rugged 1/8″ & 3/16″ metal materials, minimum.

They have 2″ square tubing frames with 1/8″ and 3/16″ (hinge) wall thickness..the leaves are plasma cut from 1/8″ steel sheets and are see-through.

These gates, as designed, do add an element of privacy.

For a full privacy look while retaining the beauty of the leaves.. the sheets could be left completely solid with the individual leaves being welded to the front of the sheets (upcharge).

Natural Rust or Powder Coat finish

Gates can be finished with a natural rustic chic finish (for steel), natural polished/shiny look (aluminum) or powder coated your choice of color (standard black).

Customize the Design, Any Size Needed

This design can be modified as needed to suit your tastes! The possibilities are many..it just depends what you have in mind.

In fact, here is another maple tree gate designed by JDR Metal Art.

Maple tree gate designed from steel.

The design possibilities are truly endless at JDR Metal Art. This particular maple tree gate design concept is 16′ wide, dual swing, and a commanding 7’6″ tall. Shown with 6×6″ square tubing posts. Leaf style is sugar maple although it could also easily pass for a silver or bigleaf maple.

Built to be ASTM 2200 & UL325 Compliant

JDR Metal Art’s driveway gates are designed and built to be automated with ASTM 2200 & UL 325 compliant gate opener systems in order to promote safety. We highly recommend that all efforts are made by the installer to closely follow all safety and installation guidelines set forth within the installation manual provided by the gate opener manufacturer.

Need a custom gate quote?

Ex. 12' wide x 6' tall
Ex.: Farm, Ranch, Residential, Simple, Traditional, Wildlife, Pets, Equine, Trees, , etc.

 

Indianapolis Driveway Gates | Horse & Nature Design Theme for Residence

Indianapolis Driveway Gates

Plasma Cut by JDR Metal Art

These dual swing driveway gates were custom designed by JDR Metal Art for an Indianapolis area residential entrance.

Driveway gates in Indianapolis, Indiana with custom wildlife scene and grazing horses. plasma cut by JDR Metal Art in summer of 2018.

The gates feature arched top rails with steel plasma cut horses and an oak tree. The oak tree is roughly eight feet tall in the center. Each gate attaches to columns and are each 7′ wide and 5’6″ tall at the center of the driveway.

CNC Plasma Cutting Gates

The artwork is all cut with a self-designed & built CNC plasma cutting machine. It is far more accurate and repeatable than when I used to cut with a hand held torch for many years.

A computer running on the LinuxCNC program does all the motion movement controls as instructed by the gcode file that is created from the agreed design sketch. Exactly how the design looks is exactly what the machine will produce from raw material put on the cutting table.

Indianapolis driveway gate panel being plasma cut into metal art horses from an 1/8" thick sheet of 6' tall x 10' wide steel.

I like to use 1/8″ steel for the sheet cutouts because it is thick enough to be very durable over the long term while still retaining a more manageable weight for the gate opener to move over many thousands of open-close cycles.

Driveway gate panel with horse design that has been CNC plasma cut from steel sheet.

Plasma cut horse awaiting his newly framed home!

Custom Fence Panels

Custom metal art fence panels that are ten foot long by four foot tall grace the gates on each side. The panels feature a nature scene including deer, ducks, oak and pine trees, grass and an arched top to match the fall of the arch on the gates. Pictured immediately after the powder coat was cured in the propane fired oven at 400F.

Indianapolis custom fencing that was plasma cut using metal art design.

The semi gloss black powder coat is the top coat. Beneath the top coat is a layer of primer that consists of zinc rich epoxy. This zinc rich layer provides greatly enhanced long term corrosion resistance. The primer layer goes on first, then the panels are baked at 250F until the primer turns into a gel. Once the primer gels then the gates are pulled out and sprayed with the black top coat. Then back into the over to be baked at 400F for about a half hour. Once the gates cool they are fully cured and ready for many years of rust-free outdoor exposure. The finished product is much thicker than paint and smooths down any sharp edges.  It also helps to fill in small surface imperfections such as scratches in the metal that paint would not cover.

Black powder coated fence art panels.

Black powder coated fence panel plasma cut from steel with a 2x2 square tubing frame.

Need a Quote? Get One Here

Ex. 12' wide x 6' tall
Ex.: Farm, Ranch, Residential, Simple, Traditional, Wildlife, Pets, Equine, Trees, , etc.