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Driveway Gates Ocala Florida – Aluminum Horse Design

Driveway Gates for Horse Farm

JDR Metal Art builds driveway gates for horse farms and ranches nationwide. These 14′ dual swing driveway gates are going to an equine farm in Ocala, Florida.

These gates designed & manufactured from marine grade aluminum by JDR Metal Art.

Custom Aluminum Driveway Gates

Artwork Plasma Cut from 3/16″ Thick Aluminum Sheets

Here are some nice and shiny looking  6′ x 8′ sheets of 3/16″ thick aluminum that we’re using as the canvas for our metal art project. The sheets will be welded into a 2×2″ square tubing frame a little later.

Aluminum sheet for custom farm gate in Ocala, Florida.

Plasma Cutting Driveway Gate Designs:

The gate design is going to be cut out on a plasma table.

Plasma cutting is a process that we use to turn stock metals such as steel, aluminum or iron into intricate shapes for decorative driveway gates.

Not only will these gates be decorative, they will also be very durable since we are using 3/16″ thick aluminum which is much thicker than a typical  boat hull.

Plasma Cutting Aluminum

In this video clip you can see what it looks like when we’re cutting aluminum.

The light from the electrical arc in the plasma torch is very bright and hot, many thousands of degrees of heat and swirling plasma gas creates a clean cut directly through the metal.

Framing It Up Prior to Welding

These are dual or double swing gates. Each panel is 7′ wide. They are also 5′ tall on the ends and 6’4″ tall in the center. The gate frame consists of 2″ square tubing, 3/16″ wall thickness.

All the ends of the aluminum tubing are miter cut to a 45 degree angle, then beveled prior to welding for maximum strength.

Aluminum is very lightweight compared to steel, not a huge amount of strength is needed at the weldments to ensure these gates will never bend or sag under their own weight.

Everything is welded together using an aluminum spoolgun, which is one of the more challenging welding process to become proficient with. With aluminum fabrication it is important to clean the metal prior to welding in order to achieve the highest strength. Any oils in the weld puddle can create porosity in the weld and poor fusion of the metals.

Horse farm driveway gate with plasma cut horse and fence design.

 

Ocala driveway gate with aluminum horse and fence design.

 

Aluminum driveway gate on welding table.

More to follow..

 

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

Driveway Gates for Oklahoma Elk Ranch

These Oklahoma driveway gates were custom designed and handcrafted by JDR Metal Art for an elk ranch near 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.: Wildlife, Pets, Equine, Trees, Farm, Ranch, Residential, Simple, Traditional, etc.

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

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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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Alabama-Custom Gates and Signs | Swamp Theme

Custom Gates and Signs

Featuring Alabama Swamp Theme

By JDR Metal Art

Custom gates and signs for Alabama client with a home on the Sipsey River.

 

According to Wikipedia:

The Sipsey River is a 145-mile-long (233 km)[1] swampy low-lying river in west central Alabama. The Sipsey is surrounded by some exceptional wetland habitat. It originates near Glen Allen, and discharges into the Tombigbee River near Vienna.[2]

The overall theme for the gates and signs was to match the client’s location. Working from pictures of the property, we created scenes to fit a variety of places.

The driveway gate design has both new elements and elements from driveway gates we’ve done in the past.

The signs incorporate some elements from the gates, as well as some new elements.

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