I’m going to show you how to make a simple timber picket gate in 30 minutes or so. Gate-wise, unless you include hanging a sheet of plywood as a gate, this is the simplest gate you could possibly make as it’s just a legged and braced gate – there are no awkward joints to cut!

Cutting list

The gate I’m making is 3ft high x 2ft 6 wide in old money (or 915mm high x 762mm wide), so if you need something a bit bigger or bit smaller, you’ll have to adjust both the cutting list and any other sizes mentioned below accordingly.

All lengths below are the finished sizes required; if you do pop into your local builder’s merchants or sawmill, add 2″/50mm onto all sizes.


Ledges (horizontal rails) – 2 at 3″ x 2″ x 30″ long planed all round (Planed all round referred to as PAR from here on in)
Uprights or pickets – 7 at 3″ x 1″ x 36″ PAR
Diagonal brace – 1 at 3″ x 1″ x 35″ PAR


Ledges (horizontal rails) – 2 @ 75mm x 50mm x 762mm (PAR)
Uprights (or pickets) – 7@ 75mm x 25mm x 915mm (PAR)
Diagonal brace – 1 @ 75mm x 25mm x (PAR)

* A quick note on PAR, you can usually buy this in softwood from stock at larger builder’s merchants or a local, however if you’re wondering why your 3 inch x 2 inch is not quite 3 inches by 2 inches then that’s because it’s the pre-planed all round sizes (the sawn sizes) that are referred to – usually 3 inches by 2 inches will finish at 2 3/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches