Purchasing a previously made driveway gate is an expensive affair, especially when hiring contractors to professionally install it. You can make your own simple gate out of ordinary lumber for a fraction of the price, while still being fully functional and nearly as visually attractive as most commercial alternatives.

Step 1

Measure the width of your driveway and determine the ideal location for a driveway gate along its length. This should be far enough up the driveway that a car can park outside it while you're opening the gate, and at as level and straight a part of your driveway as possible.

Step 2

Stake string across your driveway at the determined point and dig a 12-inch-diameter hole 18 inches deep on either side of the driveway, with the inside edges of the holes the width of your driveway apart.

Step 3

Fill one hole halfway with concrete. Stand a 6-foot 4-by-4 beam on the concrete while filling in the remainder of the hole until it is 2 inches from the surface. Do the same with the other hole and wait a couple days for the concrete to set. These will be the support-posts for the finished gate.

Step 4

Cut two horizontal two-by-four beams to the width of your driveway and two 5-foot vertical beams, screwing them together into the shape of a rectangle. This will be the actual gate frame spanning your driveway, swinging between the two end posts. Add vertical bars every 6 inches along the length of the gate for decoration, nailing them securely to the top and bottom of your gate frame.

Step 5

Bolt two hinge plates to the inside edge of one post, one near the top and the other near the bottom, and put a ball bearing into the barrel of each plate. Secure corresponding hinge bolts to one edge of the gate piece, positioned at such a height that the gate will have a clearance of at least 4 inches beneath it. Set the bolts into the hinge plate barrels and give the gate a push to ensure it swings easily. Add grease if necessary and varnish as desired.