Hey yo, Nick here.
SO… funny story, each year I get super excited about spring and go nuts in the seed isle at our local store. Then I come home and read about each plant and start to lay out where I want everything. Like a total Rook I failed to notice that my Morning Glories are the type of plant that requires something to climb, like a trellis. This is the genius idea my Bride offered to me … the Rook, newbie, guy that obviously doesn’t read seed packs before purchasing because he is so enthralled by the picture on the front.
Okay, Beth has me on a timer (not really), so I am going to break this down for ya as fast as possible. You don’t want specifics anyway, because if you do something similar, your dimensions and everything will be custom to your own project. (that’s a Barn Swallow nest, not a hornet’s nest…)
We have two opening on our porches we decided to install these bad mama jamma’s. The first for the Morning Glories and the later because well we have a two foot drop off that the sisters like to get too close for comfort. Plus, on the west porch… Reuben likes to take a shortcut through our flower garden by trotting right off the edge of the porch into our blooms (that are not present in this old picture).
So here’s my short breakdown:
1. Measure opening and cut base board (not pictured, sorry) then shim it off the ground concrete at least a 1/4” (thus not trapping moisture and debris) and level.
2. Measure the rest of the opening.
3. Cut boards to length.
4. Using a dado blade cut a groove a 1/16” wider than your lattice thickness.
5. Using a Kreg Jig, drill pocket holes.
6. Attach one of the boards, aligning the groove you dado’d. I used Kreg’s (blue) Weather resistant screws.
NOTE: See that Sexy tool? NO NOT ME… the Ryobi cordless drill and Impact driver! Well it may have something to do with our little giveaway at the end of this post, wink. wink.
Stay with me now.
7. Measure your opening for your trellis, and mark it using a chalk line.
8. Using a circular saw cut the trellis to size.
9. Put the trellis into the grooves that you cut. This is about as easy as trying to catch a greased pig running through a schoolhouse. Good thing you made it a 1/16 of an inch wider.
9 1/2. Install the other 2 boards completely framing in your trellis (not pictured, as to not bore you)
10. shove the sucker into place and gaze in awe of your work, not to long though… it’s not screwed into place and you would hate to have it fall onto all those pretty flowers.
11. Drill a counter bore and screw those sweet mamma’s into place.
This project was a lot of fun and it went up in an afternoon. We noticed this really cut down on the wind too, super bonus! In case you are curious we used treated lumber which is weather resistant, the downfall to this is that you have to wait a good long time for it to dry out before painting. We will eventually paint them white, but for now they’ll do as-is!
CAUTION: If you’re pregnant (congratulations!) DO NOT handle treated lumber. Or even be in the vehicle with wood that has been treated. The fumes are very dangerous to unborn babes.
Not bad for an afternoon, eh? And we already have some little viney flowers making their way up! The Morning Glories… not so much. They’re only about an inch tall.
With out further ado, I am going to turn this puppy over to Beth, so she can giveaway one the most-used tools we have.
Kay guys, did you make it through that? ! I love that we’re finally making some progress on the exterior of our house. When Nick gets a wild hair up his… well, let’s just say he drops everything and runs with it. And something about it just seems more cozy and ‘secret garden-ish’.
So let’s get down to business with this giveaway. The amazingly generous folks of RYOBI are giving away a Cordless Drill/Impact Driver Kit to one of our lucky readers! These things are SO sleek, light-weight, and downright handy.
Literally? They get used everyday ‘round these parts for something or another.
Most notably Part 1 and Part 2 of our Crown Moulding in the Living Room, as well as extending the bathroom vanity, and countless other projects around the house. We know you’ll find them as handy as we do!
Here are the rules:
- Leave a comment telling us what your favorite flower is!
- One comment per person
- MAKE SURE you leave an email address in your comment
- Ships within the continental US
- Winners will be announced Friday (June 7)
- Be sure to go check out all the amazing/creative projects here!
- Good luck!
This post is sponsored by RYOBI Nation, and while we weren’t compensated, we WERE provided with product to review. All opinions are ALWAYS 100% our own. We’d tell ya otherwise. Fo sho.