Step by step: making a trellis

Step by step: making a trellis

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If the Romans were the first to use the trellis on the vines, the trellis acquired its letters of nobility only at the Renaissance where it will become an art in its own right. Today there are still a few rare specialists - counting on the fingers of one hand - capable of erecting pure masterpieces. Most often, you will discover these sumptuous decorations during a visit to gardens, parks or alleys of beautiful residences. Today, the trellis is back in force in garden centers. It is used to support climbing plants but also for its decorative aspect. Through this practical sheet, we propose to introduce you to the manufacture of a very simple trellis, which will serve as a support for a climbing rose for example.
Difficulty : way Cost : approx. 15 euros Tools required : - 3 "cleats" and 2 "champlate moldings 2 rounded" in wood - A "back saw and a cutting box" or a "jigsaw" - A "stapler" or "a hammer and nails" - A rod (a piece of cleat) - One meter - A sufficiently large support such as a table Optional - A square - 2 or 3 clamps (recommended for the start) - Brush and "linseed oil" or "stain" Caution: choose nails not exceeding the thickness of the cleat and the molding combined.

Step 1: Position the cleats on the work surface

Use the sides (assumed to be straight and parallel) of your worktop to the maximum, to avoid repetitive measurements. Place the central cleat in the middle of the table, crossing it lengthwise. Arrange the other 2 battens in the shape of an inverted "V" on either side of the central batt. This frame will form the basis of our trellis. To obtain the same angle on each side, measure at the end of the table the distance between the external cleat and the edge of the table, and transfer the measurement to the other side, identical. Do the same for the upper part. The angle does not matter, it only depends on the desired final shape, but it must be identical on each side.

Step 2: Report the spacing of the moldings

Judging, assess the desired spacing between your horizontal moldings, and transfer this measurement all along the central cleat, starting with one end of the table. Make a rod of the desired length to transfer these measurements to the central axis. This rod will be used later.

Step 3: Position the first molding

To stiffen the whole, place the first lower molding, then the upper one. The molding should form a right angle with the central strip. For that use the square, or failing that, the rod that you will place on the edge of the table. This will give you horizontality, the other point being the mark previously drawn on the central cleat. Allow your moldings to protrude 5 to 6 cm on each side of the external battens. We will then cross-check them.

Step 4: Cut the moldings

You will have taken care to draw a cutting line on your molding in the previous step. You can repeat these operations one after the other by advancing step by step, or take all your measurements at once to chain the molding cuts if you feel comfortable.

Step 5: Staple the moldings…

Using the stapler (or hammer), fix the first molding being careful not to move the assembly.
Go to the other end and place a second molding. The assembly is now more rigid, the cleats will no longer move apart, but they can still have a longitudinal movement. Take care to position the moldings horizontally in relation to the central cleat.
Here, your trellis is practically finished. If you are not interested in aesthetics, you can go to step 7.

Step 6: Trim the ends

To give a more finished look to our trellis, we will cut the ends of the moldings by giving them the same angle as the external battens. For this we turn the trellis over on the back and position it so that the outside cleat is parallel to the edge of the table at a distance of 4 cm. So measure 4 cm from the edge of the table to the outside edge of the cleat and draw a line where the cleats protrude from the table.
You can help yourself with a 4th cleat which will serve as a ruler along the edge of the table to make your layouts.
You can now chain the cuts. As a precaution, press with your hand at the intersection of the molding and the cleat so as not to risk removing the nail.
The trellis is now finished, it only remains to protect it.

Step 7: Protect all of the weather

Using a paintbrush, apply a protective layer to the raw wood.
If you are using linseed oil, wipe off the excess with a cloth.

Step 8: Install it indoors or outdoors

Use screw studs and wire to hang it on a wall. You can choose to fix it one way or the other. Upside down if you plan to grow your plant up. Our practical gardening videos


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