Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Thanks guys! A few things if anyone is considering making one....
The wood I used was cheaper, untreated pine. That's pretty soft. If you have a chewer, you probably don't want to leave him/her near the gate unsupervised.
My gate is 34" wide and has 5 slats plus the vertical edges. Legend's head *almost* fits through, so if you have baby puppies or smaller dogs that would try to poke their head through, you might want more slats or some sort of mesh/screen on the back side.
I mounted my gate into some pretty thick doorframes/door jams using 3" screws. If you are mounting into plaster or drywall you might have to do it differently (anchors? I'm not sure).
If you use these instructions, when you are buying the pine 2x2s, make sure to pull them all out and look them over. They are cheap (less than $2 a piece) and are often warped/twisted/split. We had to cut open several packs to find 4 good ones. I rolled them on the floor to make sure each side was flat and even.
Coke (All-American 7/7/06)
Nikon (GSD 9/7/08)
Indy (All-American 5/10/12)
Legend (GSD 10/22/13)
Rainbow Bridge Kenya (GSD)