Large sliding wooden gates are one way to control access to your home via a walkway or driveway. The gate mechanism and design can be used for any size of the gate, regardless of whether it includes a driveway or a walkway. The bigger the gate, the more support boards, ropes and metal wheels are required for its smooth operation. Basic sliding wood gates require a sliding door mechanism and wood base materials and wood and metal installation. Meanwhile, if you feel bothered by having to open and close the sliding wooden gate on your own, we suggest you install electric wooden sliding gates for better convenience and safety.
Here are the steps that you can do to build a large sliding wooden gate:
Arrange the 1-by-6-by-gate high wooden planks parallel to each other on their largest sides, with the long, thin sides touching. Make enough boards fit into the gated space. Spread three metal ropes, 1 inch wide and the width of the gate. Mark the location of the two rope attachment screw holes on each gate board.
Drill a hole in each marking, using a drill bit slightly smaller in diameter than a wood screw. Be careful not to touch the other side of the board. Reposition the rope in place on the game board. Secure them by screwing 1-inch wood screws through the rope and into each board.
Drill three evenly spaced holes on the edge of the gate that will form the bottom. Use a drill bit slightly smaller in diameter than the attached wheel attachment screw. Set three galvanized wheels into the holes and screw them into place.
Position the gate in its place so the wheels are resting on the ground and the gate is blocking the entrance. Hold the sliding gate mechanism open and fully extended, so that half of the mechanism is on the railing and half is on the gate. Mark the position of the attachment screws every 6 inches on both railings and gates. Drill the marked holes and attach the sliding mechanism to the fence and gate with 1-inch galvanized wood screws. Repeat with the other sliding mechanism, spacing the two mechanisms evenly.