Tree of Life | Plasma Cut Driveway Gate

Tree of Life | Plasma Cut Driveway Gate

Metal driveway gate by JDR Metal Art installed in Lexington, Kentucky.

Custom 12′ Single Swing Gate Design for Lexington, KY Client

This gate concept was submitted by a client in Lexington, KY.

Installed by Overhead Door Company of Lexington.

Driveway gate design with tree of life for Lexington, KY.

Plasma Cutting the Silhouette from 1/4″ Plate Steel

Bringing the metal tree concept to life begins with the plasma putting operation. The artwork for the tree silhouette is loaded into the plasma machine and cut out.

Plasma cutting program with tree of life design. shown on the screen.

Plasma cutting the metal art tree of life from steel plate.

Plasma cutting the Lexington, KY driveway gate with tree of life decoration.

 

Plasma cutting the tree design cut from steel 1/4" plate.

 

Plasma cutting a leaf on the metal art tree.

Plasma torch and plasma cut ornamental whimsical design.

Once the plasma cutter has finished its job the unwanted parts are picked out and scrapped. The completed part is sent to the fabrication table for cleanup and preparation for fabrication.

1/4" steel plate after it has been plasma cut into a tree of life iron gate design.

Then a ring is rolled from 2″ x 3/8″ flat bar that is wrapped around the metal tree.

Rolled flat bar and design of tree cut out of 1/4" plate steel.

The flat bar is drawn tight with a clamp against the plasma cut tree and tack welded in place.

Clamping the rolled flat bar to the tree design.

A couple dozen tack welds hold the ring tightly in place before the heat and pressures of the full and final MIG welding process are later applied.

Attaching the rolled 2" x 3/8" flat bar border to the plasma cut plate.

Once the tree has been wrapped in flat bar, the outer frame of the gate is put together.

Assembling the tree of life gate frame.

Framing up the tree of life entrance gate.

The corners of the frame are double checked for squareness. As they are tacked together and welded, the parts have a way of moving due to the heated metal shrinking as it cools.Assembling the components of the tree of life gate.

Once the outer frame is tacked together the wavy pickets are laid into place and marked out for cutting.

Assembling the pickets into the frame and artwork.

Assembling the pickets into the frame and artwork.

Rolled flat bar welded to ornamental tree and wavy pickets.

Once cut, the pickets are tacked into place where the marks were established earlier.

The pickets all get welded solid to the flat bar.Fabrication of tree of life driveway gate on welding table.

Then the outer frame is welded solid.

Rolled tubing pickets welded into the tree of life gate frame.

Wavy pickets being placed into decorative Lexington, KY gate.

Back side of welded steel tree of life gate.

The tree silhouette is welded solid everywhere it touches the flat bar.

The top frame welded solid where the tree/flat bar meets the gate frame.

Whimsical tree design plasma cut from steel.

Plasma cut steel tree of life design.

The gate is stood up & flipped over so the backside can be welded up.

Tree of life custom gate stood up beside the welding table.

1/4″ plate steel tree leaf cut with a Hypertherm 45XP plasma machine. Near laser quality with super clean cuts.

Plasma cut edge of steel art cut from 1/4" plate by JDR Metal Art.

Looking across from the end of the gate, both ends are doubled checked for plumb.

Once flipped, the backside of the gate is welded up; frame, pickets, flat bar and tree.

Now all the welds are completed and this gate is built. The customer will be installing the hinges and painting the gate.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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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.

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Kansas City Custom Driveway Gates with Oak Tree Design

Kansas City Driveway Gates

Custom Steel Oak Tree Theme with Pickets

Here’s another custom Kansas City driveway gate project designed & built by JDR Metal Art.

Highest Quality Welds & Smooth Metal Finish

All welds are professionally done by a highly skilled welder. All frame joinery is also ground smooth in the corners for a beautiful and completely finished look.

Heavy Duty Hinge Brackets

Hinge brackets are one of the crucial areas on any gate. They transfer all the force from the gate to the ground.

 

Perfectly Placed Oak Leaves

Each leaf is hand placed for maximum effect. The leaves are welded solidly in place.

 

Preparing Shipment to Kansas City Customer

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Custom Smokey Mountain Driveway Gates – 18′ Tree & Wildlife Theme

Plasma Cut Driveway Gates

Featuring 18′ Oak Tree and Deer, Squirrel, Groundhog & Rabbits

Custom Made for Smoky Mountain Tennessee Property Entrance

Here’s an interesting set of driveway gates currently in the works by JDR Metal Art.

This project began at the custom design stage; our client really liked an oak tree driveway gate we built years ago and wanted to add something to it. We modified the design by adding to it a wildlife scene which features a large whitetail buck on one side, a doe and two fawns on the other. The deer are accompanied by two rabbits, a squirrel and a groundhog in the grass.

Preliminary Design Concept

Driveway gate design with tree and deer and other wildlife.

Plasma Cut Deer & Wildlife Scenes for Left & Right Gate Panels

Here are the wildlife scene panels after the design stage was finalized and the plasma cutting was complete.

Plasma cut deer scene on 3/16" thick steel sheet.

Steel plasma cut doe and fawn silhouettes for driveway gate.

Plasma cut fawn rabbit and squirrel.

3/16″ Thickness Steel Oak Tree with Leaves Welded in PlaceMetal oak tree with custom leaves.Metal oak tree silhouette.

Steel oak tree with pin oak leaves.

Fitting Up the Scene & Tree Prior to Welding to Gate

Here we’re getting the plasma cut sheets in place to secure them to the gate panels. I cut the wildlife scenes separate from their respective halves of the tree to make handling much easier during the fabrication process.

Each element of the plasma cut design is welded in place on each gate and will add both considerable strength and weight to each gate panel. Each gate panel will hang from steel posts which will be encased within a rock column. The super duty gate hinges attach to two arms which protrude from the encased posts out through the side of each column.

Plasma cut metal rabbit and groundhog in the grass.

Metal oak tree gate with pickets.

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