Monday, June 11, 2012

Garden Trellis from Salvaged Wood

What a beautiful day we had today!  So beautiful I threw the to-do list I made last night out the window and decided to work on a garden project. 



I built the pallet gate last month and thought it needed something above it.  I used wood salvaged from the old garage we tore down last summer.  Since the pallet gate is so beefy I thought 2 x 4 's would be the ticket.  I needed four.  The project only took me about three hours and I completed it in one day which is almost unheard of for me. 



I started by measuring the angle of the potting shed roof because I wanted to duplicate that.  It was 120 degrees so I cut four 2 x 4's at 60 degrees at each end. 



To attach the pieces at the peak I drilled pocket holes into the boards.  Since I was handling this thing by myself it helped keep everything tightly together.


Then I cut a chunk of a 4 x 4 and sandwiched it between the two angle pieces putting the pocket holes to the inside. I used four screws on each side.  


For the 2 x 2's I ripped the leftover pieces of 2 x 4's with my table saw.  Of course you could just buy 2 x 2's.  Then I had to do math to figure out the spacing.  They are spaced 8 1/2" on center and are 18" long.



Since I am impatient I decided not to wait for my husband to get home to install it.  It wasn't too heavy just really awkward.  I basically got one end up there then the other.  I held it up with clamps and a long 2 x 4.  I used a level on the 2 x 4 cross piece to help me make sure it was even & centered. 


I drilled holes and used bolts to secure the trellis to the posts.



For those who are looking at these photos and thinking what garden it looks like rocks? the garden is actually in front of the potting shed and isn't looking photo worthy right now.   I like to think I'm a gardener but really I'm not that great at it.  Too inconsistent.  Plants die if you don't water them, it's the weirdest thing.  I do love trying though.


Now I need something to grow on that trellis.  I'm thinking ivy. Can't kill ivy I've tried.  Have a great week!





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