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Hiding Screws in an Ipe Gate

Posted by daxiang28 (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 22, 13 at 10:03

First post here to Garden Web! I have some leftover pieces from my deck to build a small side gate. I was looking into techniques that would allow me to hide the screws. I'm using 1x6 boards horizontal for the front of the gate.

So far, I am looking at:
- Screwing from the boards into the rails from the front and either plugging them (never done before) or filling (not sure how they'll match)

- Screwing from the back? Can you screw from the back rails to the boards? Is this strong and advisable?

- Pocket hole?

Are there any other techniques that are recommended? I'm aware of the weight of this wood and any tips are greatly appreciated.


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RE: Hiding Screws in an Ipe Gate

screw and plug

RE: Hiding Screws in an Ipe Gate

+1 on plugging. Filling with putty will never look right, particularly as the ipe ages.

Here is a link that might be useful: plug cutters

RE: Hiding Screws in an Ipe Gate

And use #12 screws at a minimum and stainless as well as predrill and wax to lubricate the screw.

This post was edited by millworkman on Sun, Jun 23, 13 at 17:36

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