The Handyguys built a simple garden trellis of their own design and decided to make plans available to anyone who wants them. Feel free to download the .pdf Trellis Plans and pass it around to whoever may want it. Listen to the podcast for details on the design and construction. The trellis only uses one board and some screws. It will only take an hour or two to build.
Before the Handyguys get too deep into the trellis project they answer some listener questions.
First up is a question from Rob: Rob wants to remove a support pole from his basement. Don’t do it Rob. We share some tips for incorporating it in your design.
Second is a question from Roger: Roger wants to know about a white gritty substance in his hot water. Listen to the podcast for some suggestions. It’s likely time for a new heater for Roger. Roger may find other useful information in our podcast entitled The Cold Water Heater.
Third is a question from Tilo: Tilo is stuck as to how to run crown moulding around a window that goes up to the ceiling. The Handyguys recommend building a valance. We discussed nail guns and compressors in our episode entitled Compress It! Tilo, you may want to also give that a listen. A nail gun will make your project a lot easier.
Finally, listener Calster: Calster wants to know if they could glue a medicine cabinet to a large mirror in a bathroom. The Handyguys discuss some options but ultimately recommend removing the mirror. We will be talking about some new glues in an episode in a few weeks. But not likely something that will help Calister.
On to the Trellis
Tools and materials needed:
- Table saw
- Drill and bits
- Wood glue
- Spring clamps
- 5/4″ x 6″ x 8′ knot free cedar or similar
- 4″ exterior wood screws
- 1 1/4″ exterior wood screws
- bar clamps
Steps to build:
- Using a table saw, rip cedar into 3/4″ strips. You will be left with a small piece of wood about 3/16″ wide. You want that piece to come from the center of the board, not the edge.
- Cut one of the slats into cross pieces as shown on the next page.
- Cut your 3/16″ slat into eight 6″ pieces.
- Assemble the base first as shown on page two. Use glue and screws. Pre-drill to prevent splitting. A bar clamp will help hold everything together while you are drilling and screwing.
- Attach the top cross piece first. Use spring clamps to hold it while you drill and screw. Attach the center and outer two slats first then slats two and four. Attach with 1 1/4″ exterior wood screws. Use a square to ensure the first cross piece is square to the center slat.
- Attach the remaining cross pieces in the same fashion and make sure they are square to the center slat.
We hope you find this to be a useful project. If you have any questions about it, you can click on where it says comments right below this post and ask away.