One of my problems with having a saw at home… hating to buy something when I know I could just make it myself. This spring I decided I’d like some height next to our patio steps to the porch. So I planted a mandevilla, but when I went to look for a trellis, it was impossible to find one that wasn’t expensive and/ or just way too fancy for my tastes. The basic wooden ones I found would have still required some paint and they were already $15. So I hit up my scrap pile and made this X Trellis, using the excuse that it was good practice for my angle cuts.
I started with 2 long 1x2s and 3 short pieces. This is totally customizable to your needs, but my measurements are below for reference:
2 1×2 @ 67″
3 1×2 @ 20″
4 pieces of lattice @ ~29″
- Lay down your long 1x2s parallel to each other, than add 1 short 1×2 across the top, ensure they are square, and use glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails to attach through the short piece and into the long piece.
- Add the 2nd short piece 22″ down from the top, then the 3rd 44″ down from the top.
- Lay down a piece of lattice at a diagonal across the top box, mark your angle and cut. This was great practice for my angle cutting. I cut one angle, then laid it back down to cut my second angle. I then used that piece as a pattern for my remaining lattice pieces.
- I finished the piece with spray paint for a quick finish.