Making a Wrought Iron Garden Gate

Making a Wrought Iron Garden Gate


Welcome to another long overdue video. In this video, I will show the construction of a wrought iron garden gate, and when I say wrought iron I just mean the style and not the material. There will be a lot of welding, but also a little bit of blacksmithing We are starting by creating the outer shape. The gate is essentially a rectangle with a circle segment rounding out the top. The design contains several different spirals that together will create an organic shape reminding me of ocean waves with suns. Since the gate is almost 6 foot tall we created a work area by putting several long square tubes on top of sawhorses. This allows us to clamp the gate down and place other supports as needed. The first few welds are just tack welds that will be ground away later, but help with keeping the steel bars together after removing the clamps. Welding While there is reasonable access on one side, the other side is currently obscured by said clamps. In any case, this project is also giving me good welding practice At this point the gate is still very light and with two people it’s very easy to move and flip over However the three support bars help prevent the gate from falling later when I need to flip it over by myself We are now starting to prepare some of the panels by cutting the steel for the dividers And then we will be cutting a lot of steel pieces for the many scrolls we have to make. Finding the right lengths requires some experimentation, but then I can work on a lot of scrolls at once. The first step is to prepare the ends of each bar by bending them so that they fit into the scrolling jig. At this point it also helps to have multiple irons in the fire at the same time and work through this part fairly quickly. The shape here does not need to be perfect it Just needs to be good enough to fit into the jig as you will see now. I am forming a double scroll here where the first part is bent on the top And then the steel needs to drop down to the second part of the jig to complete the reverse scroll The scrolling fork prevents the bar from moving away from the jig and allows me to complete the bend Let’s look at this again from a different perspective I’m using a screwdriver to watch the tip of the scrolls in the jig and keep it from slipping Once the bend has been established I can let go of it, but at the moment. It’s pretty temperamental As the bend happens at different heights on the jig, some adjustments are needed to keep the scroll aligned Now it’s time to do the same procedure, but on the other end of the bar, this will give us two double scrolls It’s important here to remember to bend the bar in the right direction as otherwise the scrolls will not look right After a little while, all the scrolls are prepared and I can go back to the scrolling jig Voila! the first double scroll is finished Now let’s make another one While these scrolls don’t look like a lot, the length of steel required was quite surprising But we made sure to buy extra stock in case we needed more, which we did. These are the panels that will receive the first set of scrolls for the decorated quarters. While I was quite clear on the overall design and the order and orientation of these scrolls I made several layout mistakes, and I only noticed at the end when it was too late You may notice here that I put down spacers which help with making sure that the scrolls end up exactly in the middle of my frame. When flipping the gate by myself, I make sure to always rest it on the supports which is important as the gate gets progressively heavier. As you can see here for all the scrolls I need to tack well from both sides For the next set of scrolls I am already taking shortcuts such as no longer using the anti spatter spray which might mean more cleanup later. We will see. As you can see there are a lot of welds, and I already cut out the vast majority of them. All right. This is becoming repetitive and slightly boring. Let’s move on to the next phase. Which is making another divider to insert the same type of decorative scroll In this case the placement of supports for the scrolls is slightly more challenging. It would have been easier as a two-person operation. Clearly I need to get my helpers back. One benefit of the scrolls is that even if they’re not all the same size They can easily be compressed to fit into the panel which I have to do on occasion In the afternoon sun, the gate is slowly taking on its shape I quite like the repetitions of the scroll and the eye is drawn to them in a nice way Since filming and working doubles the time it takes to get everything done I’m skipping how I made the rings and instead form the next set of scrolls, double spirals in this case As before I need to prepare the end so that it fits into my scrolling jig Multiple irons in the fire and a repetitive process make this reasonably fast Since I’m forming a double spiral the jig also has two levels, and I need to drop down the steel once the first spiral is complete. As you may notice, what the tip of the bow was formed hot, the larger bends can be done cold Assuming that the jig is sturdy enough All right. All the scrolls are done, and now they need to be fit into the layout For this part, I’m just running the camera and show the process as faster playback you can slowly see how the gate takes shape More scrolls need to be individually adjusted by cutting them to length on the bandsaw And then they can be held in place with a vise as I weld them in place John’s help is really making a difference here, and we are easily going at double the speed of me doing this by myself Talking about time, fabricating the gate and painting it took us almost four days I had to take vacation to be able to finish it in one go You may also wonder how long it takes to make these videos. At this point, I’ve probably spent about 20 hours on this video including editing, grading, and voiceover. You would never know by just looking at the final product. All right, we are getting to the end stretch here. If you find these videos too long, please let me know in the comments. I’m trying to convey most of the work without it becoming too boring. This project was essentially a fabrication project where lots of pieces needed to be fit and welded in place It was certainly not a lot of blacksmithing, but I still like to show how the different pieces came together Another thing that needed to happen was the cleanup of most welds, just for it to look nicer The final part that is missing is to weld the hinges to the steel pillars that will support the gate and to attach a simple latch made from a scroll gone wrong To help the hinges rotate we are using a sintered bronze tube that can be lubricated All right, this is the last part of welding where I attach the latch, and then only painting is left This is not something I get to do very often. Here we are going with a thick coat of primer and afterwards we painted black And here is the final result in its natural habitat a gate for the garden I hope you liked what you saw if you did and even if you didn’t, subscribe to my channel and share the word Thank you very much for all those who joined me on Patreon as well as for having patience with my somewhat slow video production I will see you next time

57 thoughts on “Making a Wrought Iron Garden Gate

  1. I really enjoyed this video. I work in the automatic (vehicle) gate industry so this is very familiar to me. Excellent video.

  2. How did you make the double scroll jig. The gate looked amazing. Is there a proper way to attach the scrolls without mig welding them?

  3. Great Work, i already wondered if you have stopped making Videos. I hope for many more to come! Keep the wheel spinning!

  4. I think it's nice you made a video of this, as it shows a bit more what kind of jobs you might also have to do when trying to live of of blacksmithing.

  5. Generally, the length of your videos are fine. If anything, I'd like to see longer vids.
    Great work on the gate, mate. It looks beautiful installed.

  6. how to get past the gate if its locked: Throw a bucket of ferric chloride or muriatic acid on it, wait a few hours then just kick it down

  7. Absolutely gorgeous, nicely done! I'm surprised you didn't cool the tips of the scrolls when using the jig. Also, I have the same Harbor Freight welding helmet, it's actually not bad lol

  8. Glad to see you doing some architectural stuff as well as blades and the like. I thought the video length was fine, and it was great to see a combination of techniques.

  9. Beautiful gate, Niels. Good work, I hope it stands the test of time and use. And the length was just fine with me. Merry Christmas.

  10. Yes it was long overdue lol 🙂 Glad to see you posting! Love it and beautiful work on the gate. The video is fine the way you did it and would have never thought it would have taken that that long to make it
    Thumbs Up for support as well

  11. First, I should say that the gate isn't my preferred style (I prefer heavier, more gothic inspired metalworking rather than the in my opinion more baroque inspired scrollwork in this gate 🙂 ) that having been said, it's a beautiful piece of work! No matter the style, all creation is beautiful 🙂 simply because someone is taking the time and effort to create it 🙂 One thing puzzled me however, and I can't recall whether it was mentioned in your video. How did you calculate the size of the gate vs the size necessary for the scrolls? Are there special formulae to use? I find the length of your vids immaterial to be honest, even if you posted a 6 hour video, I think I'd still watch it, but that's mainly because I love seeing people post projects and the way they make things.

  12. Welcome back. Thought you got lost on some Viking raid. The length and pace of these videos is just right. Don't change a thing.

  13. Niels, as your videos may be a lot of work but they are a pleasure to watch. I really don't think you should make them any shorter and possibly wouldn't mind them longer as it is such a pleasure seeing the project progress, revealing the final result gradually.

    Also, I'd like to compliment you on the design; I particularly like that you combined the prevalent curly/organic style with the geometric details (straight line & circles). It really gives the gate a more modern and interesting appearance. Well done!

  14. It's incredible to see metal transformed into something so delicate and whimsical. Excellent craftsmanship in both the gate and the video. Please don't shorten future videos!

  15. Worked at a fabrication shop over the summer, man we did alot of gates, but none with such nice scroll work, mostly simply bends. awesome work!

  16. i love these kind of gate even i want to learn something like you created with flat bar.
    im from India mechanical engg.

  17. I appreciate the detail covered in the craftsmanship of the piece. A longer video with more technical skill shown is preferred to a shorter video that skips all the skill involved in the process.
    I'm a commercial structural ironworker. I like your videos to help guide me along the journey of artistic ironworks as a hobby at home.

  18. This video is GREAT!! Not at all boring! My preference would be to have even more process details included 🙂 It's not boring at all. Thank you!! Looking forward to watching more of your channel!!

  19. I thoroughly enjoyed your work! I want to learn so badly! Video not long at all. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Outstanding work. Very inspiring. Keep the videos coming. Videos aren’t too long and definitely not boring.
    Thank you.

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