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Western, PA
(Zone 6a)

February 7, 2006
10:24 PM

Post #2029321

Anyone into trellises, arbors, obelisks, benches, fences, and such? These structures are what give the garden 'bones'.

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Freedom, PA
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2006
7:25 PM

Post #2035560

Hi My Friend, I am so happy to see you here. I love my obelisk that you made me. I'm thinking about a plant swap for early June, you up for that?

Western, PA
(Zone 6a)

February 13, 2006
3:51 PM

Post #2042341

My supply of anything 'different' has dwindled to the point of non-existence. The only way to attend is if I do seed of hard-to-find plants. I'll see. Thanks!
Peekskill, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 15, 2006
1:25 AM

Post #2045495

That's a really good looking structure - very eye catching!
Royston, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 24, 2006
8:57 PM

Post #2068621

*grins* Just did my first fence myself. =) Used some landscaping timbers, and some 1x2's. Jigged some holes into it and have used it as a edging. It looks cute and fits our house =D

I am wanting to do an arbor/picnic table this spring where my current swing sits.

I just hope it comes out ok.
Western, PA
(Zone 6a)

February 24, 2006
10:38 PM

Post #2068867

Magwar, there are lots of *free* designs online for the looking. Just download them.
Belgrave Ont

May 14, 2006
12:45 AM

Post #2276620

Here is a obelisk i made last summer. it is 7 ft tall and made from 60 yr old reclaimed barn wood.

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(Terri ) South Bosto, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 21, 2006
3:00 PM

Post #2745592

Anyone have experience in working with trellises and other outdoor structures made from cut trees and branches? I've tried to find instructions online and even bought books but they all use fresh cut pieces and I am looking for ones that use whole trees and limbs . I have a basic idea but am not sure if they need to be bolted, nailed or screwed together and what type of metal would you use? If anyone has the Country Gardens magazine for Fall 2006, the things I am talking about are in the "Following nature's Course" starting on page 58. I like the railing with the logs and twigs and the arbor.

Any advise of help will be appreciated, we have lots of 6" and smaller logs we need to do something with!
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 22, 2006
12:10 PM

Post #2748319

cranbrook2 has made some lovely pieces with cut branches - maybe he can help you with ideas.
Belgrave Ont

September 24, 2006
12:00 PM

Post #2754234

Thank you goldfinch4
here is a link to a site that should give you some ideas.
if you have any questions as far as joining the pieces just let me know. i,d be happy to help if i can.
(Terri ) South Bosto, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 24, 2006
1:30 PM

Post #2754389

Thank you cranbrook2 and goldfinch4! John, I am ging to take you up on your offer for joining advice. Since I want to make outdoor structures and most of my wood is sweet gum, what would you suggest to do to join the wod together? Do you think zinc screws are the best or should I drill holes on the uprights and put waterproof glue in to hold the twigs and side posts in place on say, an arbor (not too ambitious, am I? )? We are in zone 6 so the winters are a little cold, summers can get hot and the climate itself is very damp at times.
Belgrave Ont

September 24, 2006
2:35 PM

Post #2754535

Depending on the size of the branches i use a few different methods.

Branches that are 4" in diameter and larger i use 6" -10" galvanized nails and i predrill the hole with a little smaller bit.

Branches that are 4" or smaller i use a 16 gauge finish with 2 1/2" galv. nails then i use zinc or brass screws to secure everything tightly.

best of all it is hard to see the nails and screws. i dont use glue

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Winchester, VA
(Zone 6a)

September 26, 2006
12:14 PM

Post #2759860

Magwar, an arbor sounds great... I am also looking to add an arbor or high overhead trellis to my side deck for grape vines. It has to be 10' and attach to the existing deck, railing and side of our house. It'll be a big project, and since I haven't done one before (just Adirondacks, tables, picnics) I am a little "shy" about that spring project.
Blythe, CA
(Zone 10b)

October 1, 2006
9:07 PM

Post #2776404

If your going to use store bought trelises you might want to reinforce them with extra nails or screws. I've had trouble with mine coming apart.
Winchester, VA
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2006
2:37 PM

Post #2778409

Thanks, good advice!

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