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What wood for a gate in a fence?

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We have little kids who we would like to keep corralled in our back yard, but the fence that surrounds it has an opening in it where a gate was at one point. The fence is wood, painted white. I have no idea what kind of wood it is made of. I'd like to build a new gate to close off the opening in the fence.

Question: What wood would be appropriate for this sort of application (exterior, painted white)?

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Western cedar works good for gates. Most of the time it is rough but can be found in dimension lumber like pine if you want it smooth.
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Cypress works well, also.

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White oak would be my choice. It is a very rot/decay resistant wood.

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Treated pine or cedar is what we get for fence materials down here. The cedar being untreated will take pain immediately, vs the treated pine that's going to need a year or so to actually dry before anything will stick to it.
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Treated pine or cedar is what we get for fence materials down here. The cedar being untreated will take pain immediately, vs the treated pine that's going to need a year or so to actually dry before anything will stick to it.

This. You can punch, kick, ram it with the mower and beat the sap out of that wood and It'll take it like a champ!
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Hello all,

We have little kids who we would like to keep corralled in our back yard, but the fence that surrounds it has an opening in it where a gate was at one point. The fence is wood, painted white. I have no idea what kind of wood it is made of. I'd like to build a new gate to close off the opening in the fence.

Question: What wood would be appropriate for this sort of application (exterior, painted white)?

Thanks!
I have a few questions. Are the "little kids" you would like to corral of any relation to you? Do the parents know that you wish to corral their kids? Have you checked with the police in the area to be sure that corralling "little kids" is legal?
I would guess, with out seeing photos, that the fence is either cedar or pine.

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Use Azek (PVC). It's waterproof, rotproof, bugproof, can be painted, but never needs it.





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