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What you need:
  • 6 8' lengths of 2"x2" cedar
  • 6 8' lengths of 1"x2" cedar
  • 3' wide galvanized wire fencing
  • 16 3" galvanized wood screws
  • 32 1-3/4" galvanized wood screws
  • 2 3" galvanized hinges
  • Hammer
  • Hand saw or chop saw
  • Staple gun
  • Drill with a philips head bit
  • Wire cutters
This cedar trellis was designed so it could be easily collapsed and stored during the winter months. It is light enough to be carried by one person, yet strong enough to support large vegetables such as gourds.
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The frame is constructed of 2"x2" cedar lumber. You will need two 84" pieces and two 34" pieces for each half of the trellis. Arrange the lumber as shown in the diagram above.
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Use 3" galvanized wood screws to fasten the pieces together. Use two screws per corner. Cedar is very soft so you shouldn't need to drill pilot holes for the screws.
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3' wide galvanized wire fencing is used as the support for the plants. Unroll the fencing over the frame and use wire snips to cut the piece to size.
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Position the fencing so it is centered on the frame. Start at the top of the frame and use a staple gun to attach the fencing. Move to the bottom of the frame, pull the fencing taut, and staple it in place. Next, staple down the left side of the fencing. Move over to the right side, again pulling the fencing taut and stapling it down.
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The fencing will eventually be sandwiched between the frame and 1"x2" cedar furring strips. In order for the furring strips to fit properly, the fencing needs to be countersunk into the frame. Simply follow the edge of the frame, lightly tapping the fencing in with a hammer.
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Cut two 81" lengths and two 34" lengths of the 1"x2" furring strips. Arrange them on top of the fencing and screw them down using 1-3/4" galvanized screws.
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Once you have finished constructing both sides of the trellis, fasten them together with galvanized hinges. Two 2-1/2" or 3" hinges will suffice. Lay the two sides of the trellis on top of one another and arrange the hinges a few inches in from each side. Using 1-3/4" screws, attach the hinges to the frame and the trellis is finished.