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Ranch Driveway Gates | Kansas Longhorn Metal Art Entry

Driveway Gate for Kansas Ranch Entrance by JDR Metal Art

Featuring Ranch Brand & Texas Longhorn Gate Silhouettes

This custom designed iron driveway gate is being shipped from Columbus, Ohio to the Lazy K Ranch in Kansas. It is built with sheet metal that is adorned with hand wrought Mexican clavos while the gate frame consists of 2 inch square tubing featuring  overlapping arches in the center. Both the tubing and sheet metal are all 1/8″ thick.

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Mexican clavos

The sheet metal on each gate panel is covered with a total of five handmade Mexican clavos per left & right side.

Custom ranch gate clavos jdr metal art

Custom Designed Longhorn Silhouettes

We plasma cut the longhorns about 12″ tall, also from 1/8″ material.

Picture of custom gate with arched top and sheet metal adorned with clavos and a ranch brand silhouette.


Metal Art Driveway Overhead Sign

This “KC Ranch” sign will be going between the longhorn silhouettes across the top of the driveway.


Lazy K Ranch brand

This heavy gage sheet metal circle has the customer’s brand mounted to the front of it.


A pretty shade of…primer


After a bath in Rustoleum metal primer…primer helps the top coat bond better to the steel and adds a layer of protection against rust and oxidation.

Custom Ranch Gate Designs

We design a wide variety of gates such as these or our horse silhouette gates, iron tree gates and decorative wildlife entry gates.You can learn more about getting your own custom design on our custom gate design info page.

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


Personalized Chattanooga Tennessee Driveway Gates

Chattanooga Tennessee Driveway Gates

By JDR Metal Art

Front gate for Chattanooga TN driveway entrance features customized tree design.

This Chattanooga, Tennessee driveway gate is a modified version of our tree themed driveway gates. It was designed and built in Columbus, Ohio then delivered to and installed on top of Signal Mountain.

I was very excited about this project ever since these clients first got in touch, saying they wanted something unique and different from the other gates in their area. They had in mind for us to come up with a wicked looking tree themed driveway gate for them so we obliged and got this design together for them using our custom gate design procedure.

Chattanooga Tennessee driveway gates with personalized tree theme driveway fence gate.

The plasma cut tree is 7′ 6″ tall at the center and made from 3/16″ sheet metal.  After it was cut out and cleaned up we welded the tree silhouette on to a 15′ picket fence style frame we built with a top rail that follows the flow of the tree. The frame is made from 2″ square tubing with 1/8″ wall thickness and 3/16″ wall thickness on the rail where the hinges are attached. The pickets are made from 3/4″ square tubing with a sturdy 14 ga. wall thickness. The surface of the steel is cleaned and then sprayed with primer before being painted with an oil rubbed bronze paint.

Metal Art Lightbox Columns

Steel metal art columns lit inside with stars cut outDriveway gate column made from steel sheet with moon and stars cut out by a plasma cutter.

Solar Gate opener package.

We installed a single swing gate opener powered by a 50 watt solar panel. The solar panel charges a battery which stores energy to open and close the gate for a fully automated entry and exit with remotes for vehicles and keypads for visitors.

Driveway Gates by JDR Metal Art

We design and build custom gates for folks not just in Chattanooga, Tennessee but also all across the US. Shipping rates are quite affordable, you can contact us for a free shipping quote today. All gates are finished with highly durable powder coat and then carefully wrapped in shipping foam and multi-layered in corrugated shipping cardboard, shrink-wrapped and crated up. We ship out from our local UPS, FedEx and other freight carrier terminals. They are then shipped either to your local terminal for pickup or you can have them shipped directly to your residence or business!

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

Decorative Driveway Gates | North Carolina Metal Art Horse Silhouettes

North Carolina Driveway Gates

Design Featuring Mini-Donkey, Gypsy Vanner, & Fresian Horses Standing at a Fence.

We custom designed and built this set of decorative driveway gates for the residence of a North Carolina gentleman’s home. As usual, it took us a few rounds of design work to come up with exactly what he wanted, but the end result turned out quite well:


Decorative driveway gate with metal silhouette of four horses at fence.

These dual swing entry gates are 16′ overall and are ready for dual swing gate openers which will be mounted to columns after we delivered them from Ohio to their final destination a little north of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Each side weighs approximately 200 to 250 pounds . The steel is all 1/8″ material with the exception of the hinge side rails which are 3/16″ thick. The gates are very sturdy, built to last a very, very long time, and will add a lot of security to their new home.

Everything has been primed with a half gallon of Rustoleum Industrial Primer and then top coated with a gallon of glossy black Rustoleum Industrial Enamel for a guaranteed long lasting finish. I used an HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) spray gun to ensure a uniform mirror-like finish coat with no runs or sags in the paint.

The automatic operators are likely to be the Estate Swing 1000D series which will include a keypad, automatic exit sensor, and remote controls.

We also have a set of gates going about an hour south of Charlotte and another set going to Atlanta, Georgia at this time. Rather than shipping them all out by freight we will be delivering them all in one round trip. Nice way to wind down after working hard putting together and finishing the last 5 projects which all seemed to hit at the same time.

Decorative Metal Art Gate Designs

We design decorative driveway gates for homes, farms and ranches in not only Ohio and North Carolina, we ship them across the entire United States. To learn more about our driveway gate design process please go to our decorative gate design info page or go to our contact JDR Metal Art page.

Thanks for checking out our blog posting!

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


Atlanta Driveway Gates | 16′ Custom Dual Swing

Custom 16′ dual swing entrance gate with curved tops

This wrought iron driveway gate project is being put together in Columbus, Ohio and will be shipped to Atlanta, Georgia.

Here is some of the 3×2 steel tubing we are using for the frame. The top rails on each leaf of the gate will arch up at the ends.

Square tubing steel 3x2 on floor


We will be working from this blueprint which was made by coordinating with the client to determine the needs for his driveway. There will be stone columns going on the side of each gate, but rather than mounting the gates to the columns we have made provisions for the gates to mount to steel posts. Those posts will be set in the areas between the driveway berms and the stone columns. They will attach to the posts using J-bolt hinges with ball bearings and grease fittings.atlanta gate design


Working on fitting up the arched top together with the hinge side rail. Notice on the bottom of the picture..all joints are mitered with 45 degree ends before being welded together. Takes extra time but makes for a nice and smooth finish.

Gate laying on fabrication table

Using a MIG welder to join the gate together at the seams. The welding arc is bright enough to give someone a sunburn!

Welding mitred steel tubing

Steel cooling off after running a bead to join a top rail together with a side rail. Shown here in a molten state. The welds are the strongest part of the gate.

Puddle of molten steel on driveway gate

Once the metal cools down we take and sand the welds flat. We use a high-gloss paint which tends to show any surface imperfections so we want everything very smooth. All the separate pieces of steel tubing are joined together to become one single beautiful piece of steel that will not sag or fail otherwise.

Driveway gate laying on top of welding table

Gate Posts


steel gate post with hinge block welded on jdr metal art

Hinge blocks welded to steel posts…two of them get welded to each post…these take a J-bolt which slips through the hinge rail of the gate and is adjustable with nuts & washers.


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Picture of the weld joining the square tubing picket to the main rectangular tubing frame.

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After the client self-installed his gate along with electric openers.

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It looks like attention was paid to detail on the installation…everything went together perfectly and looks great!

Atlanta Driveway Gates by JDR Metal Art

We have worked with numerous clients in the Atlanta area. We are regularly in the area when traveling to install our custom gates nationwide.

Here is a set of horse themed Atlanta driveway gates.

Here is a set of Atlanta gates with a plasma cut metal art tree and horse mare and foal silhouettes.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. If you happen to need a custom driveway gate, with or without metal art, please contact us to get started today!


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

St. Louis Missouri Driveway Gates | Plasma Cut Oak Tree Design

St Louis Missouri Driveway Gates by JDR Metal Art

Oak Tree Theme

This St. Louis project that we are currently working on at JDR Metal Art is going to be a wrought iron oak tree driveway gate that will be mounted between two stone columns. We have coordinated measurements with the property owner to make sure the gate will fit well at its final destination.

This 5×12′ plate of 3/16″ thick steel has been traced with the outline that we will be using to make the tree. The trunk will be extended by splicing it to the rest of the tree with another piece of plate cut from the leftover material.

After a few hours of cutting..close to the halfway point with the tree.

Fitting the outside frame together on the fabricating table. Each end of the gate needs to be 4’6″ tall so as to stay below the capstone on the column…while the center slopes down to 4’0″ tall.

Gate frame on welding table.



Sparks fly as a MIG welder is used to superheat the metals for joining. The leafs become permanently attached to the branches of the tree by using this tool much like a hot glue gun.


Cloud of welding fumes lit up by the blue welding arc (above) while the picture below shows the cooling molten metal on a steel leaf after it has just been joined to a branch.


A coat of red primer helps the finish coat adhere better to the gate.

Primed steel metal art oak tree gate by JDR

The topcoat is an oil rubbed bronze paint from Rustoleum.

Oil rubbed bronze paint finish on driveway gate

The leaves are quite detailed and authentic looking.

Oak tree themed driveway gates at St Louis Missouri residential entry.

Custom St. Louis Gate Designs

We have worked with numerous clients from the St. Louis, Missouri area and provided them with personalized entry gates for their driveway entrances. Not only do we design wrought iron tree gates, we also specialize in designs featuring wildlife, equine and much more! You can learn more about our custom gate design process if you are interested in having us help you create a one-of-a-kind gate that you will be sure to enjoy for many years to come.

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