I’ve had a hard time dealing with my rose. After buying fan trellis upon fan fan trellis, it didn’t contain it. I stumbled on how to make a fan trellis, I made mine. It turned out well, but however,most times, when I make the fan trellis, I usually have to replace it by the next season, which is very frustrating. This year, I’m going to use better materials so it stays longer than a season. A Fan Trellis us used to give a landscape design a better shape. It helps creeping plants to stay in place too. The fan, has a simple structure and is also very open so it’s easy for plants to wind and climb around its slender ribs and give a structured but airy feel wherever you ultimately place it. Well, the buds on my rose is coming out and I think it is fine to get started on my trellis. To get one that is going to last longer than a season, you would need;
6 – Cedar 1x2s (8 feet for a large trellis)
2 – Galvanized bolts long enough to fit through 5 of the 1x2s stacked together. (4 inches should work. Mine were too short so I had to improvise and counter sink the heads.
25 – 1 ½ inch exterior screws
Screwdriver or impact driver
Miter saw or hand saw
Cut your wood
Start by cutting your cedarwood 1×4 into seven 3/4-inch strips with your saw. You can leave the length of these strips based on your personal preference, but in this case, I’ve left mine at eight feet. Also, ensure that the wood is without knots because this will make the wood to break or splinter when the strips are bent. Once you have cut your strips, set two off to one side; these will be cut to different lengths for crosspieces.
Bolt Your Fan Together
After setting aside two strips, take the remaining five and put them side-by-side and use two “C” clamps to hold them together securely. Then, drill two holes through the entire stack with the 1/4-inch drill bit, approximately four to six inches from the bottom. Fasten the strips together with the 1/4-inch by 4-inch machine bolts; the bolt should go through all the five strips with a quarter of an inch of excess on the other side. I cut the ends of the bolts off since they were a few inches longer than what I needed.
Cut and Attach the Top Crossbar
Cut one of the two strips you have set aside earlier so that it is 50 inches long. Measure the center of that piece and mark it with a pencil. After that, drill a guide hole with the 1/16-inch bit for one of the galvanized nails and attach this strip to the center strip of the fan. This is your top crossbar. Put a space between the remaining strips equally along the crossbar and attach them the same way; the outermost strip on each side should be attached at the end.
Cut and Attach the Center and Lower Crossbars
When you get to this point, your fan is almost complete. Now you just need to add two more crossbars for it to be stable. Take your remaining 3/4-inch strip, cut it into parts. Your second crossbar will be 38-inches long, and the third will be about 24 inches. Measure about 16 inches down from your first, longest one, and attach your 38-inch piece. Make sure to pre-drill the guide hole in order to avoid splitting the wood with your nail. Then, measure down another 16 inches and repeat to secure the bottom crossbar.
Attach Your Stake
Finally, take a piece of 2×4 pressure-treated lumber and cut out a three-foot, 1 1/2-inch by 1 1/2 inch stake. Drive it into the ground where you want your trellis to go and leave only about eight to 10 inches remaining above the ground. Then, drill two 1/4-inch holes through both the trellis and the stake. Brush away the sawdust and secure all parts together using screws and screwdriver. The angle of the verticals means ends are uneven. Once fixed together, mark a straight line across the bottom and tops of the vertical and saw away offcuts for a neat finish. Bolt them together and secure the washer and nut.
If you want to attach the trellis to a wall, cut out pieces to make braces which you can use to attach it to the wall. If your wall is flat, then you can pre-mount them on the trellis, but my house has batten strips in the way so I had to install them between those strips. Use 2″ deck screws to attach the horizontal brace to the wall braces. I used 3″ deck screws to attach the wall braces into the top plate of the wall, you can use 2″ screws also, they would have worked perfectly in this case. The trellis would be very sturdy if you make it well, so it should last a lot longer than the flimsy stuff offered at most garden centers. When you’re done, place your potted vines or plants at the bottom or plant a few new climbing plants.