How to Build a Trellis for Climbing Roses

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How to Build a Trellis for Climbing Roses
Make your climbing roses the focal point of your garden with a trellis. (Jardins de Villandry - Rose jaune et rose image by albillottet from

Building a trellis for your climbing roses provides you with a way to showcase your roses and add structure to your garden design. Utilising standard dimension wood, low-cost hardware and common household tools you can build a bentwood trellis for climbing roses. It may seem complicated at first but this low-cost woodworking project requires only basic woodworking skills and tools. Before the weekend ends your next project will be training your climbing roses to grow up a trellis of your own creation.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 1-inch by 10-inch by 6-foot long board
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • 5/16-inch drill bit
  • Drill
  • Safety glasses
  • Table saw
  • 5/16-inch by 3-foot dowel
  • Hammer
  • 3/4-inch brads
  • Wood glue
  • Outdoor acrylic spray paint

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  1. 1

    Place your 1-inch-by-10-inch-by-6-foot long board with the 10-inch face flat against your workbench. Mark a T (for top) on the top of the board and the mark the opposite end B (for bottom) with a pencil.

  2. 2

    Use your measuring tape to measure 6 inches down from the top of the board and mark that measurement on both of the 1-inch sides with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Place a 5/16-inch drill bit in your drill. Put on safety glasses. Drill a centred hole through the left 1-inch side through to the opposite 1-inch side with the drill.

  4. 4

    Use your measuring tape to measure 12-inches up from the bottom of the board and mark that measurement across the 10-inch face of the board with a pencil.

  5. 5

    Mark 19 evenly spaced lines from the 12-inch marking at the bottom of the board to the top of the board, approximately 1/2 inch apart. Use a table saw to cut along those lines creating the 20 vertical arms of climbing rose trellis.

  6. 6

    Thread and centre a 5/16-inch-by-3-foot dowel in the 5/16-inch hole. Secure the centre arms to the dowel, approximately 1-inch apart, by hammering a 3/4-inch brad through the arms into the dowel.

  7. 7

    Spread slowly and secure the left-hand side arms approximately 1 inch apart along the dowel with additional 3/4-inch brads. Repeat the spreading and securing process on the right-hand side arms.

  8. 8

    Reinforce the rose trellis vertical arm placement by placing a small amount of wood glue along each connection with the dowel. Allow the wood glue to dry for four hours.

  9. 9

    Spray the trellis with two coats of outdoor acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours.

  10. 10

    Plant the uncut 12-inch portion of the trellis in the ground behind your climbing roses.

Tips and warnings

  • Spread the 20 arms across the dowel slowly; too much pressure on them will make them break.

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