patio privacy arbor, trellis

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Project by aurora posted 05-29-2014 01:13 PM 15090 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

enclosed a back patio and garden with this arbor and trellis design. wished i had a post hole digger! post caps were an original design and band saw cut. lattice is ripped down 2×4’s. planted honeysuckle next to the lattice in the hopes that it will cover the complete structure.

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posted 05-29-2014 02:34 PM

Looks fabulous. Well done!

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 05-30-2014 04:28 AM

Great looking arbor and trellis work. This should help you be more private! No post hole digger hope the digging was easy going!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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posted 05-31-2014 05:00 AM

The arbor and trellis look fantastic! I can imagine what it will look like when it is covered in honeysuckle. My favorite view is looking out through the gate onto the lawn.

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hardiness zone 7a

posted 06-19-2014 05:22 AM

This is really nice. VERY professional job.

I love the horizontal latice. “ripped down 2×4’s”?! That is a LOT of ripping!
I know how expensive it is to buy as panels.
Do you mind telling us the process of how you built the panels?
Looks like you attached every other strip….?

Thank you,

-- Kindman in Rhode Island

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posted 06-19-2014 09:33 AM

@tony: did the post holes in spring after the rains and soil (clay) was soft. still, i was pretty sore from digging wet, heavy clay. in my area, it’s near to impossible to hand dig post holes through clay in the summer.

@kindman: when pricing out the lumber, cheapest lumber to fab lattice for the job was 2×4’s. this still is more expensive than the prefab 4’x8’ diagonal diamond lattice panels at the lumber store. i did the squares for a custom look to distinguish the project. i ripped the 4” dimension of 2×4’s down to 3 equal width pieces (about 9/8” thick), .. yes it was lots of ripping, but i have an old unisaw that ripped them off as fast as i could safely feed the material though, so i reallly took no time at all. dont rip more than you can fasten in a day as treated wood really warps fast when it loses moisture during the drying process. i used enamel coated fastners specifically suited for treated lumber, and fastened the slats every other board. i did not pre-assemble the lattice panels, rather i built them on the posts so i could make minor adjustments at the end to keep a symetrical spacing. i used a band saw to cut the post top caps/corbels. the curve is about a 6” radius, notched and bolted into the post. i used 2×6’s to tie the posts together at the top and the bottom. the honeysuckle seems to be doing well on this structure.

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hardiness zone 7a

posted 06-22-2014 08:18 AM

Thank you, Aurora!
I am so glad your plantings are appreciating your hard work, as much as you probably are.

That explanation was very helpful.

I would be using this lattice for my vegetable gardens, so I would probably use something other than treated.

Thank you again,

-- Kindman in Rhode Island

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posted 06-22-2014 01:17 PM

kindman, have also built a few other trellis’s out of cedar. besides cedar, locust, hemlock or white oak are pretty insect/rot resistant.

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posted 06-29-2014 02:14 PM

Looks great!

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