How to Build A Budget Gate Using A Fence Panel

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Starting Off!

Cut your panel using your jigsaw or handsaw as shown in the picture below, you must, however, use something to raise it off the ground, so look around. We used a wooden pallet, if using a jigsaw, wear goggles at least!

Just the other day Jamie got hit in his cheek with a piece of wood that he chiselled off his desk, and no, he was not wearing goggles. Silly Jamie. Safety is always the number one priority!

If you don’t have a jigsaw and are using a handsaw you’ll need more space between the floor and the fence panel, so perhaps using a pallet with a few bricks on top will suffice.

Now, using your electricity and your electric sander, or sandpaper/sanding block get them roughly cut sides of the fence panel nice and smooth, not necessarily level, but smooth enough so the extra planks of wood we now have from the edges of the fence panel can rest on the sides of our new gate without being too wonky

While Jamie was sanding he decided to sand the whole thing for some reason, so there you have it, we guess he thought it would be aesthetically pleasing, but in saying that, he made the mistake of not checking the height of the gate comparative to the fence, and now the gate sits just above the fence, bummer, yes we know, yet, on the contrary, it still does the trick.

Applying Attachment Gateways!

Before you do this next step, ensure your gate is the height you want it to be!

Then you’ll want to measure your side planks with the sides of your “gate” and make sure they are the same length!


If so, you’ll want to lay your fence panel on its side so that the side of the panel is facing the sky, then line up the plank we retrieved from the edge of the fence panel, like seen in the picture below.

Using your pencil, or marker, make it clear to yourself where you must drill/hammer and nail the holes in these planks, as shown in the picture above. We recommend you mark 3 or 4 points of contact.

Perfect! Never forget to use the environment around you to your advantage!

Jamie used a drill to make this hole, but using a nail slightly thinner than your screws in combination with a hammer will do just fine too.

We had to use 3-inch nails to attach the planks which we do not recommend for the longevity of the gate, so if you have screws around 1.5-2 inches floating about then by all means use those!

So now attach your planks to the sides of your gate using wood screws ideally, but using your everyday multipurpose screws shouldn’t hurt.

Sand the wooden planks until smooth, but do not deface them; Unless you want to!

Attaching the Gate to the Post!

Using the trick shown above choose where you want your hinges on the fence post and apply markings in the holes on the hinges, or choose where you want your hinges on your gate and apply markings there.

You’ll want a good distance between the hinges.

Be certain that the hinge is level to the plank/post and the correct way! (do a short practical exam by opening and closing the hinge and the gate if needed) Jamie did just that when I knocked this together!

If you have one, use a spirit level if needed too, then make dots, or circles inside of the holes on the gate hinges using a pen, pencil, or marker.

In Jamie’s imagination he thought it would be easier to transfer markings from the gate to the fence post.

He used a small nail to make holes because his drill was dead. Once the hole was made he retrieved the trusty nail using the other side of the hammer and repeated the process 7 more times.

He did it fast, and to his own peril because the holes he made were not as straight as he wanted them to be, and as seen below you’ll notice what we are talking about, so take care and don’t rush this part if you want extra strength applied to your gate.

Once you’ve made your 8 holes in your gate or post attach your hinges using wood screws, but again multipurpose will do just fine too.

As you can see one or two of those screws are looking quite wonky, but oh well.

Holding your gate close to your fence post, (use a brick or two if needed), open the hinges, whack some markings inside the hinge holes and boom, same again mate, 8 more holes to make, hahahaha!

Use your long 2-inch screws if you have some for this.

Additionally, you may use the spare wood slats on the gate to provide aesthetics and to save on wasted wood.

All done! Thanks for reading, I hope your gate does not fall apart if you used this guide for help.

We used an old piece of wood and a screw as a lock.

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