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Project by Ryan Nicholson posted 06-20-2018 08:43 PM 1245 views 12 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,
Since it’s summer, I thought I would share this…
I made this tomato trellis out of some scrap cypress I had laying about and I made the trellis base out of pressure treated 4×4’s and some 2×6 stock.
The trellis joinery is all pegged mortise and tenon, and the base is half lap (quarter lap?) and screws.
I put three coats of a water based spar varnish on the cypress to protect it from the elements.
This trellis works great! Home grown tomatoes all summer long, YUM!





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#1 posted 06-20-2018 10:26 PM

I dig it…but I don’t see any tomatoes :-)

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#2 posted 06-21-2018 12:57 AM

Maybe he and the family ate them all?

Home grown tomatoes all summer long, YUM!

Now a question how did you support the plants inside the trellis?

The Joints in the base are actually rebated butt joints by default

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 06-21-2018 02:15 AM

Very Nice & Very Well Done!

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 06-21-2018 11:38 AM



I dig it…but I don t see any tomatoes :-)

- Hazem


You are right! We harvested the ripe ones a few days before the pics.

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Ryan Nicholson

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#5 posted 06-21-2018 11:43 AM



Maybe he and the family ate them all?

Home grown tomatoes all summer long, YUM!

Now a question how did you support the plants inside the trellis?

The Joints in the base are actually rebated butt joints by default

- robscastle


Hi Rob, we loosely tie the young plants to the trellis with twine, after they grow a bit, they support themselves within the trellis.

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#6 posted 06-21-2018 11:44 AM



Very Nice & Very Well Done!

- Rick


Thank you!

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#7 posted 06-21-2018 12:56 PM

This is a nice looking tomato trellis and a fine practical project.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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Ryan Nicholson

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#8 posted 06-21-2018 01:31 PM



This is a nice looking tomato trellis and a fine practical project.

- helluvawreck


Thank you, Sir!

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#9 posted 06-21-2018 01:42 PM

I like your design, and the execution of the project is great.

I’m not an at-home farmer, but if I was, I would copy this idea straight away. Although, cypress is so dang pricey here in Houston I think I would be pushed to go for a cedar build.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#10 posted 06-21-2018 02:59 PM

Is that Mint at the bottom? For bug suppression?
What is the material above the tomato’s soil?

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#11 posted 06-21-2018 04:41 PM

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!!

I have been wracking my brain as how to grow a select grade of tomatoes
without using the wire towers. getting them off the ground and away
from the weeds is what everyone wants. The beauty of this design is that
the rig can be taken into the garage in the winter time or covered with plastic
to obtain the greenhouse effect.
GREAT JOB !!
and congrats on the Daily Top Three !!

-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

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Ryan Nicholson

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#12 posted 06-21-2018 05:00 PM



I like your design, and the execution of the project is great.

I m not an at-home farmer, but if I was, I would copy this idea straight away. Although, cypress is so dang pricey here in Houston I think I would be pushed to go for a cedar build.

- jimintx


Thank you!

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Ryan Nicholson

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#13 posted 06-21-2018 05:08 PM



Is that Mint at the bottom? For bug suppression?
What is the material above the tomato s soil?

- Parabola


Those are strawberry plants, We use Neem oil for bug suppression. The material is a rough fiber cloth that comes with the planter. Those planters are great, they have a water reservoir in the bottom third. They are called Grow Boxes, you can find them on the inter web.

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Ryan Nicholson

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#14 posted 06-21-2018 05:10 PM


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!!

I have been wracking my brain as how to grow a select grade of tomatoes
without using the wire towers. getting them off the ground and away
from the weeds is what everyone wants. GREAT JOB !!
and congrats on the Daily Top Three !!

- John Smith


John, you’re welcome and thank you!

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#15 posted 06-21-2018 06:40 PM

Really nice setup. It looks good and it’s functional. I imagine keeping it off the ground helps avoid feeding the rodents and other pests.

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