Kiwi Trellis in Western NY

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Project by danzaland posted 09-12-2011 05:21 AM 7617 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Trellis

Yes you can grow Kiwi’s in Western New York. All you need is a trellis.
Having done a little timberframing, I was sure I could over complicate the whole process.
So why not take those twisted rough sawn 2×6ish scrubber pallet pieces and build a trellis. Each “post” would be lagged to a 2 5/8ths by 2 3/8th ish post cemented into the ground.

What could possibly go wrong?

Layout was a complete bear with few if any straight timbers.
Cutting the middle through pieceswith hand saws proved I need more hand sawing time.
Oh and that whole work and family thing stretched out the whole process.

Fulltime use of a tablesaw would have been nice to try and hog out most of the material of the through tenon off of the tops and bottoms so that all the tenons were uniform.

I should have made a metal template to be able to replicate the through tenons. IN that template would be the location of the 3/4 inch pin holes too.

A dedicated mortiser would have made tapping those 3/4 inch mortises out easier too.

But I guess like my old man says once he’s finsihed working on my brakes:
“Good enough for who it’s for!”

-- I don't know what God is. But I know what He ISN'T - Jordan Maxwell

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#1 posted 09-12-2011 05:39 AM

Nice idea… Kiwi’s are a favorite fruit of mine. Well, off to see how I might try growing Kiwi’s here in the middle of the country…

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#2 posted 09-12-2011 05:41 AM

I bought mine at Raintree Nursery in OR. Hardy Arguta I believe.

-- I don't know what God is. But I know what He ISN'T - Jordan Maxwell

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#3 posted 09-12-2011 05:43 AM

oh, yeah, total overkill but probably a lot of fun.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Charles Maxwell

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#4 posted 09-12-2011 02:44 PM

Kiwis in western NY! That sounds as crazy as the trellis that supports them…actually, I think the trellis is fantastic. I absolutely love it!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#5 posted 07-19-2014 10:33 PM

I’m a western New Yorker to!!!!!

-- If nothing goes right go left.

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