How to Build a Copper Trellis

Posted by in Home Improvement Tips, on March 29, 2016

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This Old House editor Eric Hagerman demonstrates building a copper trellis. (See below for a shopping list, tools, cut list, and steps.)

Shopping list for How to Build a Copper Trellis:
– 1 x scrap wood. Get two 7-foot lengths
– 1/2-inch 90-degree cup x cup copper elbow fittings. Get 16.
– 1/2-inch three-way copper tee fittings. Get five bags of 10 fittings.
– 1/2-inch copper tubing for the uprights, legs, and couplings. Get six 8-foot lengths.
– copper finial. Purchase to fit. (http://www.themetalpeddler.com/products/garden-decor/fence-post-caps.html)
– 16-gauge copper wire to attach the finial. Get 1 foot.
– paper
– super glue
– 1 inch wood screws to secure the jig
– wire plant ties

Tools for How to Build a Copper Trellis:
– straightedge
– pencil
– drill/driver and bits
– tape measure
– combination square
– marker
– tube cutter
– hammer
– tin snips
– pliers

Download and print the cut list: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/static/pdf/cut-list/copper-trellis-cut-list.pdf

Steps for How to Build a Copper Trellis:
1. Draw the template.
2. Build the jig.
3. Lay out the fittings.
4. Mark the couplings.
5. Dry-fit the tier.
6. Measure the upright.
7. Cut the upright.
8. Assemble the third rung.
9. Connect the middle rungs.
10. Finish the rungs.
11. Glue the pieces.
12. Join the sides.
13. Hammer the legs.
14. Cut the legs.
15. Install the finial.
16. Install the legs.
17. Guide the vines.

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