Step by step project about free trellis plans. Building a small planter with trellis is ideal if you want to grow climbing plants or flowers. In addition, this simple woodworking project is ideal if you want a quick way to freshen up the look of your patio or garden. Place several trellis side by side and you can get a nice privacy screen for any patio or pergola.
From our experience, we recommend you to use quality and weather-resistant materials, such as cedar, pine or redwood. Always pre-drill the slats before inserting the screws, in order to prevent the wood from splitting. In addition, it is necessary to align the components at both ends before attaching them into place with screws, if you want to get a professional result. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to increase the rigidity of the frame.
Building a trellis planter
- 1 – 3 piece of 1×2 lumber – 22” long SUPPORTS
- 2 – 42 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 36 1/2″‘ long FLOOR
- 3 – 4 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 23 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 39″, 2 pieces – 42″ PLANTER
- 4 – 5 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 66″ long TRELLIS
- Hammer, Tape measure, Carpentry square
- Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander, Router
- Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses, Respiratory Mask
- One day
Free Trellis Plans
The first step of the project is to build the base of the planter. As you can see in the image, you need to attach 3 pieces of 1×6 slats to several 1×2 supports. As you can see in the image, you need to place the supports equally spaced and to lock them into place with 1 1/2″ galvanized screws. Cut the ends of the slats at 15º, otherwise they won’t fit properly into place.
Continue the project by attacking the side walls to the planter. As you can easily notice in the image, you need to cut the ends of the front and back slats at 15º. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the slats and lock them into place with 1 1/4″ screws. Add waterproof glue between the components, in order to enhance the rigidity of the joints.
PRO TIP: If you want to add extra-support to the frame, we recommend you to fit 1×2 corner posts and lock the components together with finishing nails.
Build the trellis from 1×2 lumber and lock them together with 1 1/4″ wood screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, in order to prevent the wood from splitting. Place the components equally spaced, as in the image, if you want to get a professional result.
After you build the trellis on a level surface, we recommend you to lock them to the interior faces of the planter, as in the image. Drill pilot holes trough the components and insert the 1 1/4″ galvanized screws into the planter walls. Use a spirit level to make sure the trellis are plumb.
Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, we recommend you to check if the components are locked into place properly and if the frame is rigid. Make sure there are no protruding screws or sharp edges. Moreover, the components should be installed properly, making sure there are no gaps between the slats.
PRO TIP: Fill the holes with a good wood filler and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper, after the compound dries out. Apply several coats of exterior paint or stain over the components, in order to protect them from decay.
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