How to Build a Trellis Fence. Awesome, Easy to Build Project!


– Hey, did ya hear the one
about the keen gardener who woke up one morning to discover that the season had turned to spring? No? He was so excited, he
wet his plants. (laughs) True story. (laughs) (whistling) Yep, that’s pretty much the best I’ve got. G’day, folks, Uncle Knackers here, from DIY for Knuckleheads, and
welcome to the spring edition where I’m going to show you
how to build your very own, self-supporting trellis fence. Let’s get this show on the road. Oh, yeah, and earlier, the dad joke, not my best work, my apologies. So with springtime in the
air here in Australia, it’s a great time to get out in the garden and get some of those jobs done, which is what I’m doing here, by building a big trellis fence up against that old huge back wall. You’ve heard of the Great Wall of China? Well this is goin to be
the great trellis fence of Australia. (laughs) It’s gonna be pretty big, ha. You might not be able
to see it from space. I’m not making that claim. But, be pretty big. Now, as far as the frame
goes for the trellis fence, I’m building it all out
of recycled hardwood, and I’m supporting the posts
in these metal brackets. This is a flat bar bracket,
which is a much sturdier bracket than the centre support brackets. And I’m doing it for two reasons. Reason number one, whenever
you put timber, or wood, or a wooden post, into
the ground, over time, I don’t care what anybody
says, it will rot. Just ask any fencer. And I don’t wanna deal with
that issue down the track, hence, the posts are going to be supported by these metal brackets. It’s much easier to put
the posts into the ground, but I think for longevity,
these are the go. And reason number two, which
I’ve seen many times before, is that when people attach
a long trellis fence to an existing fence, over time,
when those plants grow big, tall, and heavy, they tend
to drag the old fence over, which doesn’t look that good. Hence, which is why I’m going for a free-standing trellis fence. You know what I mean? Good stuff. Let’s do this. The first thing you’re
going to need is some mesh for the plants to climb on,
some old recycled hardwood ceiling joists, bags of
concrete, some high-wind post stirrups, and handful of nuts and bolts. And once you’ve gotten
your materials sorted, you’d better start digging those holes for the metal post supports,
because they’re not going to dig themselves, unfortunately. And how’s this for Murphy’s Law? Whenever you dig a hole in the back yard, you always come across a very
well positioned tree root like this beast here, or a
plumbing pipe, every single time. It’s amazing. Oh well, looks like this
tree root has a date with the reciprocating saw. Let’s do it. (upbeat music) (saw running) There you have it, the new Makita. I’m as happy as Larry, love it. Uh, come out, ya. There she is. Uncle Knackers, one. Tree root, zero. All right. (upbeat music) Now I’ve just gotta set these stirrups up to the right height, and I
want the bottom of the post to be not far off ground level. So I’m just working that out now, and then I’ll transfer the
top of that over to here. What I’m setting up are things
called construction hurdles that are used in the
building set-out process, which are really handy,
as you’ll see shortly. We just nail this crossbar
to these uprights, and that’ll provide a place for us to attach our string line. (power tool running) So that’s the top. We put one down here as well. Once they height for the
post support and the distance away from the fence has been determined, we can then run out our string lines, which will position the
face of our post supports. Now tying a correctly
tensioned string line can be a little tricky, so
I’ll leave a link below to one of my string tying videos. Make sure you check it out. Now look at that, tight as a drum. Beautiful. With the holes dug, and
the string lines in place, it’s time to mix up some
concrete, dump it in the holes, and set up those post supports
for the trellis fence. And it’s really important that whenever you’re doing a free-standing structure, that you take a little bit
of care aligning the face of those post supports to the string lines and then plumb them
up, from left to right, just like like that, very nice. (upbeat music) G’day, folks. Nice to see ya. Now like I said before,
I’m using recycled hardwood for the posts, that I
need to check out a little so that they can slot
into those post supports, which just involves
cutting a series of slots close together, that I’ll
just simply chisel out with the world’s bluntest chisel. I really need to get onto that. And then prior to installing
them into those post supports, I’ll give them a spray
with a timber preservative to give the exposed cuts
a little more protection from the elements. Beautiful. Now by now you might have
noticed that, for the posts, instead of going for
one boring solid piece, I’m using two lengths of
recycled hardwood ceiling joist that I sandwiched together
with a block down the bottom, middle, and top, that separates the two, and makes the post a
little more interesting. Once you’ve screwed those
separating blocks in, grab yourself a spirit
level, and begin plumbing up the posts, starting
with the one on each end of the trellis fence. And make sure you plumb and brace the post before you bolt the post to the bracket. Now, being born gifted with
bionic hands can also speed up the process, as you can see here. With the two end posts
braced and bolted in place, run a string line between
the two, making sure that there’s one string line
running close to the top of the post, and another
running close to the bottom of the post. Then all you need to do is
position the intermediate posts in their brackets, line them
up to the two string lines, brace them, and then bolt
them into their post brackets. Too easy. Once you work out how tall you
want your lattice or trellis fence to be, with the aid
of a string line level, like I’m using here, mark all your posts to the string line, and cut them to length with a circular saw. And can I just say, that for
more detailed instructions, extra resources, more
photos, and a list of tools and materials that I used for
this job, I’ll leave a link to my blog below, where you
can check all that stuff out. I want to frame my
trellis or lattice mesh, so out came my fantastic little table saw, which I used to cut down those reclaimed hardwood ceiling joists. By cutting the joists in two, I was able to get two sticks out of
one, so it made the job a little more economical. I then just simply screwed
the freshly cut hardwood to the sides of the post, the
same size as the steel mesh that I was using. Lovely. As you can probably see,
I have two framed sections per opening, and to tie
everything together, I just simply attached the two frames together using two blocks, which I think also makes the structure a little more interesting, as well as serving a functional purpose. Now make sure that if
you intend to oil, paint, or stain your fence, do it
prior to attaching the mesh. You’ll thank me for that one. And for the record, I’m just
applying a couple of coats of pure deck oil, which
really makes the colour of that hardwood pop. We’re getting close now. All that’s left to do is cut
the mesh for the trellis fence to size, and attach it
to the wooden frames that you’ve just made using, in my case, a staple gun that fires
stainless steel staples. How easy is that? So there it is, folks,
the great trellis fence of Australia, built from
recycled materials all done. Great tip, Knackers! So whatta you reckon? Not as big as the Great
Wall of China, granted, however, it only took me a couple of days to build that thing, and took Emperor Qin over 20 years with an
army full of labourers, so I didn’t do too badly. Alrighty, well I hope
you enjoyed and found that video useful, and as
per usual, a big thumbs up is always greatly
appreciated, and if this is your first time to my channel, please hit that subscribe button for more handy tips. Okay, after all that, I need a cup of tea. Put some plants in the
ground, and watch em grow. So til next time, be
safe, and I’m out of here. Cheers. (upbeat music)

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Reader Comments

  1. Peter Compton

    Long time between drinks Shane. But well worth the wait. It looks great. I'm surprised you did not use the rapid set for the brackets, could have done the job in half the time, but then we would have only had five minutes of video LOL. Did it take a lot of the staples to get the holding strength for the mesh?

  2. SandiRose

    Wow, Shane. Fancy trellis! You do nothing half way. What happens when you run out of house and yard projects? You need to start looking for a bigger place to live. Or, we lose out on the benefit of your expertise. Not to mention your genius jocularity.
    (OMG I'm starting to sound like a Knucklehead.)

  3. Joanne Carroll

    About bloody time too! Where have you been? Just kidding, cheers for the timely video, I was thinking about building this very thing for privacy/noise reduction from neighbours.& you've given me some ideas to get started. Reinforcement mesh & hardwood is a better look than those horrible prefab things & stands up much better to our climate. I might even get it up & have some Nelly Kelly passion fruit vines growing before the summer party season starts ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW, Emperor Qin's name is pronounced "chin", he's the guy that China was named after.

  4. Joanne Carroll

    About bloody time too! Where have you been? Just kidding, cheers for the timely video, I was thinking about building this very thing for privacy/noise reduction from neighbours.& you've given me some ideas to get started. Reinforcement mesh & hardwood is a better look than those horrible prefab things & stands up much better to our climate. I might even get it up & have some Nelly Kelly passion fruit vines growing before the summer party season starts ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW, Emperor Qin's name is pronounced "chin", he's the guy that China was named after.

  5. Barry Roberts

    Nice one Shane it looks great, and i can see why you went for the blocks in between now, defo makes a difference and will look fab when the plants start to climb up the trellis, chuck in some Tomatoes they will climb up and look nice, as well as eating them ha ha ha, going for a coffee now.
    Barry (ENG)

  6. One Man Band Woodworks

    Nice one mate, I wish more people understood that bolt down post stirrups were never meant to support a freestanding structure

  7. John Thompson

    Great job.Not seen those brackets in Canada.Would be a boon with our wild fluctuation in temp and climate. Oh,by the way the great wall of China cannot be seen from space.Just a myth

  8. Budge Bringerd

    do you take into consideration the timber specifications required by the Australian standards for odd projects like this ?

    i havent seen one video that even mentions the australian standards for using timber

  9. David Letz

    Great project Shane. Question about your (neighbor's?) fence: is it made of aluminum? Is that the normal material folks use jn your neck of the woods for a fence? Around here cedar is the preferred material. Thanks again

  10. Steve Ashmore

    Damn would love to be 16 again, now 32 and past the opportunity of following my passion and becoming a carpenter by trade cause of choosing a different trade for myself years ago sucks.
    However its people such as yourself putting up YouTube videos showing helpful tips gives you fantastic experience to achieve success within projects in your home. Although would be awesome to be building everyday. Times a killer. Thanks for your videos mate. True Blue Aussie you are.

  11. Furball2k

    3:22 Let me guess it's the neighbors tree??? :p LoL
    Also, What's that snazzy looking stopper on your drill at 6:40 is that for drilling pilot holes?
    FYI depending how current the last satellite picture of your house is on Google Maps, if you can see the trellis in the picture then in fact you can see your trellis from space! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Darren Hawkes

    Nice work brother I thought yiu were makeing lattice trellis fence hahaha yours works justs as good

    Oh and I found my nail gun its on your garden or was haha

  13. La rรฉcup azimutรฉe

    Nice way to break the monotony of this aluminium wall! Good job! Spring for you….winter soon for me in France. ah! ah! ah! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  14. Jonah Wigley

    When's the next vid coming mate? Im getting withdrawals! Just built a shed and installed a workbench, inspired by yours but mines not freestanding. Need inspo!

  15. Donhollio

    Always curious seeing construction techniques from other countries. What works in your tropical location would fail in a year in Canada with frost going two metres deep. I subscribed having stumbled across you unboxing your tablesaw, (same as mine).

  16. Rj U

    Love the video! I've been looking for the High Wind Post Brackets online and I cant seem to find ones that are as hefty as yours. Can you add a link to those specific ones?

  17. Leeza Lee

    I cannot find any quality fence post brackets for sale in the USA like you are using. We only have cheaply made/flimsy crap here. Btw, beautiful trellis!

  18. styloroc2000

    Anyone got a clue what the "High Wind Post Supports" are called in the states? I can't seem to find them anywhere online or in the hardware store

  19. Stacey

    Thanks for sharing this video! I'd love to see the progress of the plants you planted growing on that gorgeous trellis fence. ๐Ÿ™‚ What did you plant?!

  20. Uziel Crescenzi

    woah, removing a tree root that size could compromise the structural integrity of the tree. it wont have that support to anchor itself down against high winds. Not to mention the tree needs those too. great vid tho.

  21. AJ Jimรฉnez

    Corny Dad jokes were so bad they made me laugh pretty hard and had to pause and go back to watch again. Great video! I'm glad I found your channel. Cheers!

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