Trellis Plans

Introduction: Trellis Plans

The Handyguys build a simple trellis out of a singe board. We document the process online at There is also an accompanying podcast and a downloadable .pdf describing the build at the same URL.

Step 1: Listen to the Podcast

Listening to the podcast will give you a better sense of the project. Go to and click the play button.

Step 2: Gather Materials and Tools, Build the Trellis

Tools and materials needed:

  • Table saw
  • Drill and bits
  • Wood glue
  • Spring clamps
  • 5/4" x 6" x 8" knot free cedar or similar
  • 4" exterior wood screws
  • 1 1/4" exterior wood screws
  • bar clamps
  • square

1. Using a table saw, rip cedar into 3/4" strips. You will be left with a small piece of wood about 3/16" wide. You want that piece to come from the center of the board, not the edge.

2. Cut one of the slats into cross pieces as show on the next page

3. Cut your 3/16" slat into eight 6" pieces.

4. Assemble the base first as shown on page two. Use glue and screws. Pre-drill to prevent splitting. A bar clamp will help hold everything together while you are drilling and screwing.

5. Attach the top cross piece first. Use spring clamps to hold it while you drill and screw. Attach the center and outer two slats first then slats two and four. Attach with 1 1/4″ exterior wood screws. Use a square to ensure the first cross piece is square to the center slat.

6. Attach the remaining cross pieces in the same fashion and make sure they are square to the center slat.

We hope you find this to be a useful project. You can download a .pdf of the plans

Additional pictures are at

If you have any other questions about your home or other DIY project you can always call us at 615-676-0877 or email The Handyguys at or use the contact form on the website.

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