Not exactly woodworking, but close enough. #2: Well okay, not exactly FINE woodworking... Painted Trellis for Joseph's Coat rose bush.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 04-02-2010 04:48 PM 1423 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a project in progress actually. A very simple project in progress. The idea is simple. Build a simple 4’x8’ frame from PT stock that I can in turn attach a 4’x8’ trellis to. The entire assembly is to be painted to match the house, and attached to the side yard fence to give something for a newly planted Josephs Coat rose bush to climb.

The trellis is painted in the creamy beige trim color of the house, and the frame (pending build) will be painted the burnt orange of the main structure.

I am still contemplating HOW to build the frame, and have somewhat seriously considered half laps, mostly because I am NOT convinced that pocket screws are going to be strong enough. While this won’t be supporting any substantial weight to speak of. It WILL have to hold up to high winds (Hurricane territory here).

In all honesty, I am seriously contemplating corner brackets / straps from Simpson Strong Tie. They are definately hurricane rated, and I can paint over them to at least from a distance conceal the ugly steel brackets…

So it’s off to the home center at lunch to grab some lumber, and most likely the strong ties.

I am also going to be picking up a few more of those 3” round “Texas” brass ornamental stars. I am planning on adding one to a mount block on each upper corner of the trellis. FWIW, the garden and outdoor decor of the house is a Texas / southwestern theme. So far the HOA hasn’t fussed…

I am planning on getting up early tomorrow morning so I can tackle more of the insulation project, mow the lawn, and trim the hedges, after all that, and most likely a little nap… I will cobble the frame together, and start slathering the paint on, of course assuming the weather holds out. It’s not looking so good for tomorrow… My projects may end up being all indoor projects.

Stay tuned to my blogs. I have a LOT going on right now…

Woodworking related.
Kitty Grave Marker cross V 2.0 (BIL requested some different dimensions, so we are making different dimensions.)
Improved Drill Press Table. Learned from my mistakes, and improving upon a theme…
Wife’s rustic planter box. Mat lining, finish, and brass stars are all that is left to do.
Refinishing kitchen cabinet frames, doors and drawer fronts.

Auto related.
Re-dying the bed rail and tailgate caps on my 2004 F150 (They have turned gray, and are supposed to be black).
Sanding the poor powder coat finish from the tool box, adding additional bracing to the tool box top (having a 1/4” plate welded to the top center section of the box) to support my 102” stainless steel whip antenna. Priming and painting the toolbox.
Custom CB Radio installation in my truck. (Required by my 4×4, and hunt clubs).
Gotts intake mod. (removed restrictive air inlet into the air box, while keeping stock air box. This improves HP, throttle, and most importantly MPG without creating a droning noise in the cab, or costing a fortune…)

House related.
Continued insulation projects. Finish insulating the attic, insulate the drop down stairs, and garage doors.
Replace primary pan in my AC, locate and fix any drainage issues.
Burn out stumps and replace my back fence (no more Bayou critters coming into my yard please!)
Tear out existing deck.
Build and install octagon tree bench from Wood Magazine plans. (most likely PT, they call for Cedar, but I am doubtful that would hold up as well as I could like it to here…)
Finish remodel in guest bath.

And this is only a small partial list of the projects in store!

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 10:14 PM

Don’t forget glue to strengthen your frames. Waterproof outdoor glue might improve strength and stability.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 04-03-2010 04:05 AM

Love the burnt orange/Texas thing. I’m not sure if you can paint PT lumber and get a good result are you? As far as half lap joints go, I seem to remember they are about as strong a joint as you can make without screws. Add glue and screws and I don’t see how you can go wrong. Love the Joseph’s Coat roses too.

-- Jim

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#3 posted 04-03-2010 06:07 AM

Well, the paint colors came with the house, and they annoy the tar out of the Aggies on the HOA board… I am actually a transplanted Oregonian, and don’t care a bit about the A&M / UT rivalry… Just don’t get me started about Beavers / Ducks…

I don’t know if PT can be painted succesfully, but I am willing to try….

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