Trellis Reaches New Heights
It's as easy to make as it is sturdy!
By Cliff Muehlenberg, Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Trellises are simple to make. The challenge is making them a little different. After scratching my head and putting pencil to paper, this is the result.
To Rip, or Not to Rip
Just because you don't have a table saw to rip the cedar board lengthwise into thin strips doesn't mean you can't build this handy trellis.
Your building center may have thin slats, which work just fine. They may be rough, but some heavy grit sandpaper (#60) on a sanding block will tame them in short order.
Another way to build it is with flat pine molding, which will cost more and needs staining, but you won't have to rip any wood.
And then there's Fred across the street. He's got more woodworking tools than most big-box stores and would be happy to do some sawing for you.
Easy Building from Here
- One 2x6 x 6' red cedar (as knot-free as possible)
- One 2x4 x 2" treated lumber
- One 1-3/4" roundheaded bolt, nut and washers (2)
- Three 2" deck screws
- Waterproof glue
- Table saw (if ripping)
- Handsaw or pull saw
- Power drill
- Jigsaw or coping saw