These aluminum driveway gates were custom designed for a Los Angeles, California residence. The design features four horses and a donkey which are plasma cut from heavy-duty aluminum sheet metal.
The main obstacle for this project was working with a sloping driveway entrance that made it necessary to rack the gate design to accommodate the drop in altitude from the right side of the entrance to the left side. We dropped the left side of the main driveway gate design down just a bit over 20 inches so that the gates will run at a parallel angle to grade. All the details were coordinated in advance with the measurements being provided by our client’s local Los Angeles expert security gate & fence contractor.
Another concern for our client was that she did not want her dogs to be able to squeeze through the gates. We allowed a 3 inch gap between the horizontal boards seen in the design, with each board being 5 inches tall.
Swinging Aluminum Walkway Gate Panel
The walkway gate to the far left of the entrance is made with a 2x2x1/4″ square tubing frame and 1/8″ thick marine grade aluminum sheet metal.
Laid Out & Ready to Plasma Cut!
Here’s the walk gate laid out and ready to plasma cut…
The details of the donkey silhouette are cut out with a hand torch.
We also have CNC plasma, CNC laser and CNC water jet capabilities for gate projects which involve cutting larger quantities of our beautiful fence and gate designs.
Welding the Gate Design into the Frame
This gate was welded together using an aluminum spoolgun welder. Aluminum is relatively soft and has a low melting point compared to steel which makes it more difficult to weld. The weld puddle needs to be moved very fast to prevent burn-through and weakening of overheated areas.
Dual Swing Aluminum Driveway Gates
This is what the left gate panel looked like when it was a blank sheet prior to layout of the horse design. We built the gate frame with 2x2x1/4″ aluminum square tube and the sheet is 3/16″ marine grade aluminum alloy.
You can see the side rails are angled to account for the slope of the driveway. It was definitely a different feeling to be making something OUT of square…we were doing a lot of double checking to make sure we stayed on the right track!
Plasma Cut Horse Designs
Plasma cutting the horse designs is a lot of fun. The aluminum cuts nicely with a plasma cutter and is much cleaner to work with than steel.
We made these dual swinging steel gate panels each 7′ wide to accommodate our California customer’s 14′ wide driveway entrance. Each gate panel is 5′ tall on the ends and arches up to 6’4″.
Heavy Wall Steel Tubing Frame
We used extremely durable steel square tubing to build these gate frames. With a 3/16″ wall thickness for the the 2″ square tubing frame, each gate panel will support far more than it’s own weight. We know that using heavier tubing is more costly but it benefits our customer also by adding many years to the life of the gate.
Plasma Cut Gate Design
Our customer was looking for a gate design with horses and dogs included in it. We also wanted to design something that fit in with the background of the area the gate would be installed.
The design was plasma cut from 1/8″ thick sheet metal. We then welded each sheet into the gate frame. Each gate panel weighs about 200 lbs.
JDR Metal Art Provides Custom Driveway Gates to California Clients
We work with custom gate clients all throughout California. Whether you’re in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego or anywhere else in California; we design and build affordable custom metal art gates for you and ship them directly to you or your contractor.
Sacramento, California Gate Created by JDR Metal Art
Featuring Plasma Cut Tree & Horses
Here is a rustic driveway gate we recently custom built and shipped out to a California customer. The gate frame, pickets and metal art elements are all built from heavy duty mild steel tubing and sheet. Rather than being powder coated, our client wanted these gates to rust naturally as they age outside. Soon they will take on a reddish-brown look.
18′ Dual Swing Driveway Gates
These “dual swing” driveway gate panels are each 9′ long in order to span the customer’s 18′ wide driveway.
2000lb Rated Heavy Duty Gate Posts & Hinges
Each gate panel is mounted by heavy duty gate hinges to 6×6″ square tubing posts. The hinges are adjustable so the gates can easily be leveled. With sealed roller bearings and a 2,000 lb maximum load rating these hinges are far more than adequate enough to keep our customer’s driveway gates swinging freely for many years to come.
Other California Driveway Gate Projects we’ve recently worked on:
JDR Metal Art is a nationwide designer & supplier of custom driveway gates. We supply driveway gates to customers in all 50 states. Every gate we design is very important to us because we know that our customers are expecting to receive something they can’t find anywhere else.