Happy New Year,
I intend to build two sliding gates for vehicle access and two smaller personnel gates. I have already made one of the personnel gates from softwood but as soon as it started to rain the timber expanded and split. Admittedly my mortice and tenons were way to wide and that is where the split happened.
Am I right to take it that hardwood doesnt expand as much as softwood? If i had a hardwood frame with a softwood panel relief how much expansion gap should be leaft between the two? What type of timber would you recommend for gates in a climate that rarely rains and rarely drops below 20 celcius? Im still a novice regarding carpentry so im thinking of something relatively easy to work.