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Wine Barrel Trellis
This project appeared in our March 14th, 2003 Newsletter.

It's getting close to spring and time to start planting all those beautiful annuals. We love sweet peas and clematis and this trellis will show them off in grand style.

We made our trellis really tall. You can adjust all the dimensions down if you want a shorter trellis.

Here's a list of what you'll need;

  • (5) 8' 2" X 2"s. These can be cedar or any wood of your choice.
  • (2) 2' X 6' welded wire garden fencing with approximately 2" X 4" holes.
  • 1/2 an oak barrel.
  • Ground contact preservative.
  • (4) 2 1/2" X # 10 deck screws.
  • (1) 1 1/4" X #6 deck screws.
  • (4) "L" Brackets 2" X 2" and screws
Cut (4) 2" X 2"s 7' long.
Cut (2) 2" X 2"s 28" long.
Cut (2) pieces of welded wire garden fencing 21" X 5' 3". Remove all sharp burrs form the cut wires.
Drill 1/2" holes for drains randomly all over the bottom.
Paint the inside of the barrel with a ground contact preservative. We recommend using an environmental friendly product that will not leach into the soil. You may want to grow vegetables in this barrel someday.
Coat the ends of the (4) 2" X 2" that will be sticking into the soil.
In the center of the (2) 28" 2" X 2"s cut a notch half way through each so that they will interlock with each other.

Screw the 2 pieces together using a 1 1/4" deck screw.
Mount the "L" brackets flush to the ends of poles.
Fold the 2 pieces of fencing 90 degrees on the 5' 3" length.
Staple or nail them to the 2" X 2"s about 3" down from the top. Make sure that the "L" brackets point to the middle.
Center the cross member on top of the barrel and mark the location for the 2" X 2" to attach. We used a scrap piece of square lumber placed on the bottom of the barrel.

Screw the cross member to the top of the poles. This is a lot easier done with two people than by yourself.
Place the trellis into the barrel and screw the "L" brackets to the bottom.
Put in a layer of rocks to help with the draining. Fill it up with top soil, plant your seeds or seedlings and you are ready to go.

Here are a couple of tips for your wine barrel. Keep the barrel damp to prevent shrinking and falling apart. If the steel bands are not held in place put a nail on each side underneath the band to keep it from falling down should the barrel shrink.

The nice thing about this project is that from this point on it will only look better and better as the flowers grow and bloom.

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