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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Katie Goldsworthy said...

Awesome! It looks great! You are so good. Seriously, it would have taken me forever to figure it all out and get it up there!

I found some ivy on sale at Lowes last year about this time. I can't remember the name, but it turned the most awesome shade of red in the fall. ...just a thought. Not really all that helpful, since I can't remember the name! lol


Connie said...

I am so proud of you, Bravo! It looks wonderful and you did such a great job getting everything level and square. On top of that, all my yourself. You are amazing. Ivy would look lovely, unless you want something that flowers. You can always call your county's Master Gardener (ours has their office at the county court house). They can tell you what to plant, that requires the least amount of care, and what grows best in your area. Have fun. Connie :)

Anonymous said...

Terrific project that turned out FABULOUS! You have some mad building skills! Can't believe you finished it in 3 hours...It would have taken me all day at least. :-)

MixedMolly said...

3 hours is what it would have taken me to figure out how to do it! I wish I lived closer and you had workshops :) You should teach classes for women in your area.

Anne said...

so cute!!

Terry Moore said...

Well done! I have seen these before and always wanted one but no space for it. Glad that you got one.

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Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW! t hat is so awesome!!! i am hoping next summer to be able to add more to our yard- love this idea!

Gretchen said...

Another incredible idea! Very, very clever.

Cozy Little House said...

Boy, you're talented! Where did you learn carpentry? Heavens, I'll plant your garden if you'll build me one!

Full Circle Creations said...

I love it! I'm too impatient to wait for help too. I really like the way it looks. Great job!

Thanks for linking up to the All Star Block Party!


Donna Wilkes said...

You go, girl!!! I cannot believe you were able to erect that trellis by yourself! Fantastic job and I love the gate, too. If you live in the South, Confederate Jasmine is a super-fast growing evergreen, ever-blooming vine with a sweet fragrance. It is not fussy about watering! Came over from Primp.

Distressed Donna Down Home

xo, Jersey Girl said...

Great job!! I definitely think IVY is a good idea!! ( I kill everything and IVY always lives lol)

Happy to be your newest follower from the blog hop!

Hope you get a chance to check out my blog :)

xo, Jersey Girl

The Hell on Heels Housewife said...

I just popped over to your site to see your new garden I have been on for probably 45 minutes!! You are an amazingly talented person and I love the projects that you have done. I also love building things and you have given me so many ideas. I do need to know about the dutch husband and I were just discussing one of these last night. Is yours done?? I will keep following to find out!
Have a great day!


Jody and Stan said...

Just found your blog. Awesome trellis! New Follower.


Shasta Farrar said...

I'm so in love with this! I'm showing your garden gate off on my facebook page today. Thanks for linking up with us. Great job!

Shasta @InTheOldRoad
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Meg said...

I am in awe of your mad skills! This is amazing!

Thanks for sharing on The All Star Block Party!

Di said...

Your trellis turned out great, and I love that it's from repurposed wood! How about growing a grape vine or clematis?

Liz - Imageremix said...

Good for you! Good for us to see what we can do when we just do the math, follow through and buck up when things get awkward! Amazing gate and arbor. Wow, I'm so impressed. Your design is just perfect!

daisypetals said...

This is I am back again to look at this garden trellis! I want to make one for my backyard. I am your newest follower!

Meg said...

Featuring your amazing trellis on this week's All Star Block Party!

Thanks for sharing it!

Kara said...

Wow, that looks great! I am so impressed with your skills... and so jealous!! I am really, REALLY wishing lately that I had building skills.

Farmer's Wyfe said...

What a fantastic idea!! I'd love for you to share this at my Garden Party Link up! It's here:

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