We purchased several baby gate kits that did not properly fit between our banisters. The main motivation for the project was to get a gate that fit perfectly and matched the design style of our house. The best solution to solve our families need for a baby gate was to build a custom gate. One of biggest challenges to constructing the gate was proper measurements. I had to recut all of the boards after I wrote down a wrong measurement. Another challenge was drilling the holes for the zip ties. I do not currently own a drill press. I was able to get some what straight holes with a bench vice and patience when using my drill. The biggest surprise when constructing the gate was the appearance of the wood after being sanded and stained. I was not expecting the grain to have definition, since the wood was cheaper common board. Another surprise was the fact the gate was able to be held in place with zip ties, thus saving wood screws from being drilled into the banister. Everyone is surprised when they walk in our house and greeted by our baby gate and that it was hand built by myself. Everyone has been impressed by the fit, appearance and sturdiness of the gate. On my next projects I will conduct more due diligence in measuring screw locations to create a more even look.