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Rose Trellis with Paul


They provide support for classic climbers such as the rose, and they allow overcrowded gardens to expand vertically. Assembling your own may prove difficult; even a fairly simple crosshatch design like Martha's requires precise measurements. But if you use a jig (a device that guides tools), the job will be easier and the results flawless. The trellis jig -- constructed by Martha and Paul Robinson, head carpenter at Martha Stewart Living -- consists of a sheet of plywood that serves as the base, plus plywood strips that, when screwed to the base, equal the "dead" or empty space of the trellis. (The pieces of the jig and the trellis fit together, with the jig occupying the negative space of the trellis.)



  • Sheet of plywood, 8 feet long and 4 feet wide
  • 3/4-inch thick pieces of plywood, 48 inches long and 3 inches wide
  • 3/4-inch thick pieces of cedar, 48 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • 3/4-inch thick pieces of plywood, 96 inches long and 3 inches wide
  • 3/4-inch thick pieces of cedar, 96 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide
  • 1-inch nails


  1. Step 1

    To lay in the horizontal trellis pieces, begin with a horizontal piece of plywood. Align it flush to the short end of the base; screw it to the base. Place a horizontal piece of cedar next to it. Continue procedure until you have laid out all of your horizontal trellis pieces.

  2. Step 2

    Lay the vertical pieces on top in the opposite direction, using the same procedure. This time, instead of screwing in the plywood pieces, nail in the cedar pieces using 1-inch nails.

  3. Step 3

    Reinforce the trellis by screwing the pieces together, using a drill to make countersunk holes

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Reviews (1)

  • BklynGibby 6 Jun, 2013

    Looks good. But, these instructions are terribly lacking in details.