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A quaint turnstile for a country garden fence.


FOR landscaping beauty add a turnstile along that garden path, patio entrance, or in the fence which separates the front from the back yard. They are different and handy.

For the cottage by the sea or lakeshore, the turnstile with a nautical design is just the thing. A 4″x4″ post approximately 5′ long is set 2′ into the ground in cement; then two 2″x4″ boards, each as long as you wish your gate to be wide, are fastened together at the middle with a cross-lap joint.

On the bottom of each, a decorative scallop cut from 1″ stock is nailed on and braced with 1/4-round on either side. Four sail boats are jigsawed from 1″ stock and nailed to the top of each arm and braced with sections of 1/4-round on each side. A hole is then drilled through the center and the arms fastened to the post with a lag-screw.

If your cottage lends itself to something more decorative, how about one designed with a peasant motif? A 4″x4″ post is set in cement and notched on the four corners. Dados are cut in the tops of the two cross-arms, and scalloped sections cut from 1″ stock nailed and glued in. The arms are then joined in the center by a cross-lap joint and fastened to the post with a lag-screw. The post and decorative scalloped sections are painted white, the crosspieces red, and the notches in the post also red. Then a gay peasant flower design is painted on the four sides of the post.

Another type is made in this manner: Three holes are drilled in each end of each arm and lengths of 1″ round glued in. These extend 6″ above the arms and are 1′ from the ground. The arms are fastened together with a cross-lap joint and turn on a lag-screw. This one looks well stained dark brown.

For the turnstile which looks well with the ranch style home or fence, a 5′ section of 4″x4″ post is notched at the four corners near the top, 1-1/2×4″ mortises cut through for the arms and the lower 2′ rounded. A section of vitrified pipe is cemented in the ground and left protruding about 6″. A small amount of cement is also poured in the pipe around a stake which is removed when the cement has set slightly. This makes a drain.

  1. Hirudinea says: June 28, 20122:45 pm

    Where do I put the nickel in?

  2. Zeppflyer says: June 29, 20126:46 pm

    Well, you see things like this a good bit on farms. They’re too small for cattle or horses to get through. Other designs force you to navigate a sharp curve which keeps in smaller animals such as sheep, goats, and pigs.

  3. ladykatey says: July 7, 20129:42 pm

    Why? For landscaping beauty! And/or, to keep those pesky sheep out.

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