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Woodworking tip: How to build a gate brace

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Simple woodworking video to learn how to do a fence the right way.

When it comes to building a gate, one of common question is: Which way does the brace go?

Putting the brace in the right orientation gives you considerable structural strength. In this orientation the brace ins under compression and you can see this fence will actually hold quite a bit of weight, no problem. On the other hand, if we put the brace in this orientation, this brace is now under tension rather than compression and by itself it doesn’t even have the integrity to hold on to the gate.

So remember if you are building a gate you wanna set it up so that the orientation of the brace is that the height point is at the opposite of the hinges, and that will give you maximum strength.

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