Trellises and archways are beautiful additions to your outdoor gardens. Not only do they provide a way for climbing plants to grow but you can also add them as entryways into your sacred space of horticultural harmony. Building a trellised archway is fun and simple as a woodworking project in your garage or woodshop. Here is how.
You can find wooden trellis material at just about any hardware store. You will need two lengths of trellis, one for each side of the archway. Depending upon how high you want it to go you need a height of around eight to ten feet with a width of three to five feet. To anchor this archway you will need some kind of metal pipe to put in the ground at the four corners as well as some wire to attach the trellis to pipe.
For the outside of the trellis pieces to give it some stability you will want two by fours. Planks this wide may seem ungainly but a two by two won’t offer enough support for the overhead archway. The cross piece will also need two by fours to hold it up but the planks that run overhead can be one by fours or even plywood.
Overall you need two sections of trellis wood, five or six two by fours, metal piping, metal wiring, and whatever wood you want for the middle portion. Have enough to make three or four pieces of either one by fours or plywood.
Start by making the top first. Use a level to ensure the two by fours are attached to the cross pieces correctly. Measure and mark where you want the one by fours or plywood to go and then use wood screws and a screw gun to secure them. Lay the two by fours down flat and do the same with the cross pieces. This way it will be easier to attach the top to the supports. Use one screw on each one first, straighten the cross pieces, and then secure with a second screw. Once they are attached to one two by four do the same with the second one.
Now you are ready to make the sides. Take the trellis pieces and secure them with screws to the two by fours with the wide portion of the planks securing the trellis. That way you have more surface area for attaching them. Screw it down every foot or so but be gentle with your wood screws for this part. Again you will want to keep it straight using a level.
After you complete both of them then it is time to attach them to the top. Get your screw gun handy and make two screws for each vertical two by four to attach to the archway two by four.
Feel free to paint the archway any color you’d like but make it with exterior paint. On the bare wood you’ll want at least two coats for added protection.
Remember those metal pipes from earlier? You will want to puncture a hole near the edge in four lengths of metal pipe. Hammer them into the dirt so the tops of the pipes are about an inch above the ground. Take some wire and run it through the holes and wrap it around the bottom of the nearby two by four.
You may even put a small notch into the planks after burying them in the ground a few inches. You don’t want to make the archway’s stand in the garden permanent, especially if you want to change things around later.