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Climbing Vine Trellis

One day I woke up and thought "it'd be nice to have a trellis decorating the front of our home" and so there I went in search of the perfect plan, of course using this very helpful Magazine Index. It really is pretty handy, so give it a try!

Anyway, I decided to use the plans I found in the April 2002 issue of Wood Magazine.

Trellis_1.jpg (17418 bytes)The biggest challenge to this project was making sure that all of the dadoes lined up, otherwise things wouldn't fit. To get a snug fit, I set up two 'stop blocks' with a sacrificial miter guide fence. Notice that one of my 'stop blocks' is nothing more than 3 sheets of paper attached to the fence. Doesn't seem like much but this exacting detail gave me the fit I was looking for.

Trellis_2.jpg (15463 bytes)This system worked great until it came time to cut the dadoes in the longest cross members. Unfortunately I am not blessed with a 52" rip capacity on my humble contractors saw, so I had to improvise, 'gang dadoing' the pieces so that the dado location would be consistent. All in all, it worked pretty well.


Trellis_3.jpg (13916 bytes)Next up was assembly. Although a few of the cross members fit just a bit too snugly at times, everything went together pretty well. Here is a picture of the unfinished product complete with plastic lattice (easy to maintain and I hate to paint :-). Everything else is made of cedar 2x4s glued together with polyurethane glue; probably about $90 in materials when all is said and done.

Trellis_4.jpg (17798 bytes)Next up was painting, so here it is hanging from the ceiling after its first coat of paint. Did I mention I hate painting? :-)

Trellis_Close_Up.jpg (27465 bytes)Things got exciting next, as it's always a joy to see the finished fruits of your labors. The fake ivy is a temporary addition until the clematis planted underneath has a chance to grow up to the trellis.

Trellis_Far_Away.jpg (29482 bytes)Trellis_Medium_Distance.jpg (34251 bytes)These final two pictures show how the trellis looks on the house.

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