Charleston, SC Custom Iron Gates – JDR Metal Art

Charleston, South Carolina Custom Iron Gates by JDR Metal Art

Plasma Cut Scrollwork & Wrought Iron Ornamental Elements

These custom iron gates are going to a property in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.

Designed and fabricated by JDR Metal Art,  a nationwide supplier of custom gates.

Custom design for driveway gates by JDR Metal Art created for Charleston property.

A set of custom dual swing steel driveway gates after they were sandblasted.

They are dual swing steel, each panel is 8′ wide, created for a 16’10” driveway opening. They will be hanging from 6×6″ steel posts, 1/4″ wall thickness.

Driveway layout for custom gates with columns and steel posts.

Dual swing wrought iron gate.

The scrollwork is plasma cut from 1/2″ thick steel plate.

Sandblasted steel driveway gate with plasma cut scroll and 1/2" flat bar.

Steel scrollwork plasma cut from 1/2" plate steel.

Fabrication of metal art driveway gate for Charleston, South Carolina property.

Fabrication of wrought iron and plasma cut driveway gate.

Construction of driveway gate with steel elements.

Square tubing, flat bar, plasma cut steel welded together for a driveway gate.

Plasma cut scrollwork, 2x2 square tubing steel and hammered wrought iron scroll.

Welded metal element for ornamental driveway gate.

Wrought iron baluster for driveway gate fabricated by JDR Metal Art.


Now Booking Spring 2021 Projects:
Ex. 12' wide x 6' tall
Ex.: Farm, Ranch, Residential, Simple, Traditional, Wildlife, Pets, Equine, Trees, , etc.

Wrought Iron Style Driveway Gates

Wrought Iron Driveway Gates

Featuring Plasma Cut Scrolls

Here’s a fantastic wrought iron gate project we did for a repeat customer from Pennsylvania. They like hearts and wanted them to be an integral part of the gate design. The large scroll in the center is plasma cut from 1″ plate steel. Each gate panel weighs approximately 400lbs. There are also side panels which we will be mounting sometime in the next month or so!

Wrought iron scroll driveway gates by JDR Metal Art

Heart Shaped Scroll Work

We cut the bottom sections of scroll work by hand. We took the cresting from the top of our client’s home and applied the same design to the bottom sections. There were 36′ of scroll work total, it was very tedious work keeping the look consistent across so much space!

Plasma cut gate design scrollwork

Wrought iron driveway gate

Installing wrought iron driveway gate

Heavy Duty Steel Gate Posts

These steel gate posts are still hot in the powder coat oven. They are 4×4 square tubing with a 3/8″ wall thickness. Each one weighs around 150lbs!!

   Driveway gate posts in powder coat oven

Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic Powder Coat Finish

We used a three coat process when powder coating this set of gates. The first coat is a zinc rich primer coat which prevents any rust from forming beneath the coating. The second coat is oil rubbed bronze, a metallic top coat. The third and final coat is a 100% gloss clear coat. The clear coat is what really makes the top coat look so fantastic in the light. The gates and fence panels can be rather deceptive when it comes to what color they are…it’s all a matter of lighting and there is no doubt what color it is once the sun hits it!

Custom powder coated gates with oil rubbed bronze finish

Cast Iron Finials

These finials are about 5″ tall and made from cast iron. Cast iron is a very brittle metal and I often see gates and fences missing finials because they have fallen off where the weld failed. Instead of welding them on we used JB Weld epoxy to firmly join them to the side fence panels. If any of the finials are bumped and broken they can be easily replaced.

  cast iron finial oil rubbed bronze powder coat

Need a driveway gate? Contact us today to get started! We build many types of driveway gates. Anything you can imagine, we can build it for you! We look forward to hearing from you!

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

Oregon Aluminum Driveway Gates with Elk

Oregon Driveway Gates

Plasma Cut Aluminum Elk Theme

At JDR Metal Art we custom built these aluminum driveway gates for a client’s home on the Pacific coast in Oregon. They are dual swing gates which are 18′ wide total (9′ per gate panel). They were built from aluminum per the special request of our customer. They are much lighter than our typical steel driveway gates. Each gate weighs roughly 100lbs. Here the gates are shown after we powder coated them black.

Aluminum driveway gates with pickets, finials, elk silhouettes and name cutouts.

On the material specifics; we cut 1″ aluminum square tubing with a 1/8″ thick wall for the pickets. Cast aluminum finials were welded on top of the arched gate frames. The gate frames were made with 2″ square tubing, also 1/8″wall thickness. We welded J-bolt style aluminum hinges with ball bearing and grease fittings to the 4 x 4 x 1/4 square tubing posts. Once the gate posts are set in concrete, the J-bolts go through the gate frames and the driveway gates hang in the air. The gates are then leveled precisely by means of a nut and jam nut on each of the four J-bolts.

Aluminum driveway gates with pickets, finials, elk silhouettes and name cutouts.

Aluminum Plasma Cut Gate Burnouts

We laid out and cut these metal art elk by hand with the assistance of a Hypertherm 30 amp plasma cutter. The elk are made from 3/16″ aluminum plate. The rings were hand rolled from 3/16″ plate also and they were then welded into the gate pickets.

Aluminum Driveway Gates by JDR Metal Art 2015

Custom Driveway Gate Lettering

We also burned the lettering out with a plasma torch. Our customer’s last name was welded into the pickets at the bottom of the driveway gate. We are glad to say they now have a gate unlike any other!

Custom Aluminum Driveway Gate Design Work by JDR Metal Art

We worked with these clients from Oregon mostly via email to provide them with numerous drafts of the gate design until we were able to meet their needs for a custom gate design. It is always exciting to be creating something new for people and we were thrilled to ultimately be able to take part in bringing another driveway gate from concept to fruition.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via our Contact Us webpage. We hope to be building more custom aluminum driveway gates soon!

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

Custom Sliding Driveway Gates | Security and Vehicular Entry Controls

Sliding Driveway Gates

Original driveway entrance before we updated it by installing custom sliding driveway gates.

Here’s one of our sliding driveway gates. We handcrafted it for a central Ohio homeowner who was looking for ideas on how to add some added security to his property.

Custom sliding driveway gates with pickets and spears by JDR Metal Art.

The gate covers an area 12′ wide across the driveway. The gate suspends perfectly horizontal in the air by means of four wheels and a track system built onto the back side of the gate. At no point does the gate touch the ground. There is an additional 7′ frame on the end of the gate which acts as a counterbalance to support the gate when it is in the closed position. Shown below in the open position from inside the property.

View from the inside of the property looking at the back side of the automated security gate.

The gate is made from quality American steel. It weighs in at a hefty 800 lbs and yet still slides freely and easily by hand on it’s rollers!

A three stage powder coat finish has been applied to the gate for ultimate weathering protection.

We are currently in the process of installing an automated power opener so the gates will open with the click of a remote or from the entry keypad.

If there’s anything we can do to help meet your needs for a sliding style entry gate then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for a quote! We have affordable delivery and shipping options all across the US for sliding driveway gates up to 50′ in length.

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