Gardening | 8 September 2016How to Make an Easy Tripod Trellis Share article facebook twitter google pinterest On the hunt for an easy (yes, easy!) DIY garden trellis? Look no further than this step-by-step guide to building a tripod trellis from Trellises, Planters & Raised Beds. (It’s so simple to build, we’ll back it up with a tripod pun: “it’s as easy as one, two, three.” Voila. A questionable pun for an unquestionably great project.) Photo: Trellises, Planters & Raised Beds: 50 Easy, Unique, and Useful Projects You Can Make with Common Tools and Materials BUILD A TRIPOD TRELLIS A simple tripod or teepee-style trellis is a classic garden helper. It couldn’t be easier to install, and it folds up into a compact unit for offseason storage. This design uses 2 x 2 lumber for its three legs. Each gets a tapered bottom end for pushing into the soil to anchor the trellis. The tops of the legs are joined with a clever system using some basic hardware. each leg is fitted with an eye lag. When it’s time to install the trellis, you capture the eyes with a quick link, which is a chain link that opens and closes with its own coupling nut. Both eye lags and quick links are commonly available at hardware stores and home centers. Look for eye lags in the general hardware section and for quick links among the chain and rope. Be sure to confirm that the quick link opens far enough to accommodate the eye part of the lag—if in doubt, buy the larger size. This sturdy trellis is perfect for supporting pole beans and other tall climbers. Tools and Materials You’ll Need 8-ft. rot-resistant 2 x 2s, cut to 72” (3) ¼” x 2½” galvanized or stainless steel eye lags (3) Galvanized or stainless steel quick link (locking chain link) 1¼” deck screws (1 lb.) Jute or hemp twine Tape measure Saw Speed square Sandpaper Drill ³???” bit Hammer Screwdriver Scissors Photo: Trellises, Planters & Raised Beds: 50 Easy, Unique, and Useful Projects You Can Make with Common Tools and Materials 1. To build the trellis, first cut the 2 x 2 legs 72” long, then taper the ends. To mark the taper cutting lines, draw a line across one face of each leg, 3” from the bottom end. On one of the adjacent faces of the board, mark ¼” from the bottom side. Connect the line and the mark to create a diagonal cutting line for tapering the leg end. Cut the tapers with a jigsaw or handsaw. Photo: Trellises, Planters & Raised Beds: 50 Easy, Unique, and Useful Projects You Can Make with Common Tools and Materials 2. Mark the centers of the tops of the three legs, then drill pilot holes for the eye lags. The holes should be about 2” deep. Use a bit just a little smaller than the threads on the eye lag. If the hole is too small the wood may split as you turn the screw in. For the ¼” dia. eye lags seen here, a ³???” pilot hole is drilled. Tip: You can locate the precise center of the board end by drawing diagonal lines from corner to corner. Photo: Trellises, Planters & Raised Beds: 50 Easy, Unique, and Useful Projects You Can Make with Common Tools and Materials 3. Next, lay the three poles side by side and mark the cord rung locations on each of them. Place the marks 12” apart, measuring down from the top. Pre-drill and drive 1¼” screws at each mark, leaving the screws about ?” out so the twine can be wrapped around them. The screws should all go on the long side of the leg (the side with the taper). Photo: Trellises, Planters & Raised Beds: 50 Easy, Unique, and Useful Projects You Can Make with Common Tools and Materials 4. Connect the legs at their top ends by fitting the eye lags onto a single quick link. Try to keep the legs turned so the screws face outward. This may take a little fussing if the quick link is on the small side—turning the bolts a quarter turn in or out will help. Photo: Trellises, Planters & Raised Beds: 50 Easy, Unique, and Useful Projects You Can Make with Common Tools and Materials 5. Once the legs are all connected, spread them apart so they’re roughly equidistant and spaced 3 to 5 ft. apart. Push the tapers several inches into the ground so the trellis is stable. Then start wrapping the twine around the legs. Tie one end of the twine to the bottom screw on one of the legs; you’ll tie off all of the twine to this same leg, so choose the least visible leg. Run the twine across to the next leg and wrap it once around the bottom screw, keeping the twine as taut as possible. Do the same at the third leg, then tie off the twine on the first leg. Tie the remaining rungs in the same fashion to complete the trellis. Photo: Trellises, Planters & Raised Beds: 50 Easy, Unique, and Useful Projects You Can Make with Common Tools and Materials Set your tripod up in your garden. At the end of the growing season, just pull the legs out, collapse the tripod and store it away until spring. Replace the twine every year or two, as needed. 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