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Project by Tyler posted 03-21-2012 02:01 AM 1932 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So when I was about to build this, I realized that I didn’t want to build this out of nice, square, and easy to work with treated lumber; I didn’t want the chemicals to leach into the Concord grape plants I planted below it. So the first thing was to go out and cut down a few small locust trees, which last as long, if not longer than treated lumber (we have posts still holding up a gate that were put in place 40 years ago). Once I had the four pieces for the frame, I figured I’d try my hand at some hand-made mortise and tenon joints. After a lot of heavy lifting, carving, drilling, and sweating, I came out with this. I put two 3/8” pegs through the one side of the frame to secure the frame bars, and screwed on the 3/4” X 3/4” middle bars every 10”. Thanks for checking it out!

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"





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#1 posted 03-21-2012 02:33 AM

Tyler, I really like this trellis! Very nice.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#2 posted 03-21-2012 06:57 AM

Simple, pratical, hip looking!

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#3 posted 03-22-2012 12:54 AM

Love the trellis. What bird is that behind it in the first picture?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Tyler

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#4 posted 03-22-2012 03:50 PM

It’s a fake owl on a post we had there to mark where the grapes were before the trellis was up haha

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#5 posted 03-22-2012 11:36 PM

I put up a post and wire trellis for my little vineyard last summer. I used cedar posts. I would have loved to get my hands onsome black locust posts. your trellis looks beautiful. good work!

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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Tyler

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#6 posted 03-23-2012 03:04 AM

I expect the locust to hold up for a long time. I sunk them both in the ground about three feet, and they’re solid as a rock… locust just gets harder with age. Now I just hope my grapes turn out as well!

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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Enoelf

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#7 posted 04-10-2012 08:08 PM

Not only functional but visually appealing. I built a couple of Cedar A frames for a tomato trellis last season, but now I am seriously rethinking using them this year. I really like the natural look of the large framing. I might be tempted to use smaller diameter locust branches to form the trellis crosspieces as well.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#8 posted 04-10-2012 08:24 PM

Looks cool a very creative design.

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Tyler

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#9 posted 04-11-2012 01:05 AM

Enoelf,
I was thinking of making the actual trellis bars out of locust, too, but then I figured in a few years the grape vines would be entangled throughout the whole thing and it won’t really matter, so I didn’t bother with it.

a1Jim,
thanks for the comment.

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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Tyler

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#10 posted 05-20-2012 08:24 PM

Just thought I’d let the watchers of this project know:
The locust poles have now sprouted leaves (and I wouldn’t be surprised to find roots below ground) and my grapes are doing well!

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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