Building the DIY gates that go along the front of the DIY GOAT HOUSE is pretty simple but they look so good! Simple straightforward gates that will keep your wild goats restrained! Lol!
As I mentioned before, I was planning on only having the two white gates and leaving the milk stand open, but GOATS! LOL! They all want the treats in the milk bucket so I had to add gates so I wasn’t fighting goats off while trying to milk! So if you were wondering why the two different colors of gates on the goat house, that is the reason!
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Also, there is such a great thing about it taking me so long to get the plans and posts done for this goat barn! Luckily for you, after using it for a year and a half, I have been able to identify any problems that there are with how I did things! Lol! You now get to save yourself the hassle of rebuilding gates and wasting time, because I will over course share the faults and how I remedied them so you don’t have to make the same ones! You are so welcome! 😆
Alright, let’s build some gates for this goat house!!
If you need reference any of the other posts here are their links:
Gathering Supplies for the DIY Gates for Goat House
Materials for the DIY Gates:
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- 4 – 2x4x8 (pine)
- 6 – 1x4x8 (pine)
- 2 – 2x4x8 (cedar)
- 3 – 1x4x8 (cedar)
- 48″ – 2×3 welded wire fencing – I used 2×4 but even at tractor supply, it is so expensive right now, you can easily this 2×3 instead, or if you have hardware cloth laying around you can use that as well! Just don’t go any bigger than 2″x4″ opening in the wire as baby goats are tiny and can finagle themselves in ways you can’t even imagine if you have not ever had babies before! 😅
- 6 – 5″ t-hinges – I had to spray paint mine, these are already done for you!🎉
- 3 – gate latches
- 1 1/4″ screws
- 1 1/2″ washers
Cut List for DIY Gates:
**The two stalls are slightly larger than the milk stand side, so just make note there will be two different size gates!
Painted White Gates:
- 4 – 2×4 @ 44″ sides
- 4 – 2×4 @ 35 3/4″ top and bottom
- 10 – 1×4 @ 42 3/4″ middle
- 2 – 2×4 @ 48 3/16″ diagonal board – mitered at 39.9 degrees off square, ends parallel
- 2 – 2×4 @ 44″ sides
- 2 – 2×4 @ 34 1/2″ top and bottom
- 5 – 1×4 @ 41 3/4″ middle
- 1 – 2×4 @ 47 29/64″ diagonal board – mitered at degrees off square, ends parallel
Building the DIY Gates for Goat House
***Note: I built these gates with pocket holes, and if you know goats, you know that was a mistake! 🤪 So I will share the way I am going to remake the gates without any fancy joinery, but you could also use a dowel jig (affiliate link) and build it with dowel joints instead! Up to you!
I had no problems until one of the goats had to stay outside the gates when the other mamas had babies, she would come to stick her nose through the gates, and you know how mamas get when you get near their babies! One of the mamas didn’t care at all, but the other one hit at her every time! 😅 This broke two of the 1x4s at the pocket holes. The 2x4s have no issues even being pocket holed but the 1x4s couldn’t take it!
White Painted Goat House Gates
Build the 2×4 frame for the gates!
Taking 2 – 2×4 @ 44″ for the sides and the 2 – 2×4 @ 35 3/4″ drill either pocket holes in the 35 3/4″ boards at 1 1/2″ depth. The pocket holes in the 2x4s have held on the gates, even with all the ramming. But if you want to use all dowel joints instead, you can drill 3/8″ holes in the ends of the 35 3/4″ boards. You will also need to drill 3/8″ holes in the sides of the 44″ boards. See the next photo!
Add the diagonal 2×4 @ 48 3/16″ ends mitered at 39.9 degrees off square and parallel. Pocket holing the 2x4s works fine, so you can pocket hole this board. Just set the mitered end of the board flat on your Kreg Jig and drill the holes as you normally would. Use 1 1/2″ depth of pocket holes and 2 1/2″ screws with wood glue!
Add the wire to the gate, I used screws through a large washer after learning the hard way that not only do fencing staples look crappy, but the gate is pretty much trash if anything happens to the wire! Using the screws, you can easily take the screws out, and replace should anything happen to the wire! And yet the wire is nicely held in place by the washers!
After adding the wire to the gates, add the 1x4s across the back! This way they can’t be broken at the pocket hole screws! Don’t use any glue, jut screw them into place on topt of the wire, that way if the wire needs replaced, you can take them off, change out wire and put them back in place! If you like the look of my gates with the wire being behind the 1x4s, you can put the wire on the backside, totally up to you!
Your next gate will have the diagonal board in the opposite direction!
Hang those gates on the two stalls and attach your latches!
If your goats are always going to be on the backside of the goat barn, you can leave this milk stand side open if you’d like, but if you have dogs and other goats on the front side, continue on to make the last gate!
Cedar Gate for Goat House
This gate will be built the same as the last two, only it will be a hair smaller!
Build the frame with pocket holes!
Add the diagonal board using pocket holes as well!
Add the boards to the back of the gate!
You can choose whether you want the wire to go before or after the 1x4s!
Hang that gate and throw them goats inside! Lol!
And it’s as simple as that my friends to make DIY gates to enclose your goat house!
Have you built the goat house? I’d love to see it if you have!
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