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DIY Step Image - How to make a wire espalier trellis . Blob storage upload.

Overview

A wire trellis can help transform a garden or courtyard into an attractive, lush and modern outdoor space. Find out how easy it is to bring your garden to life in a few simple steps.  

Steps

1Pre-cut your timber at Bunnings

You can tailor the size of your wire trellis to suit your space. Ours measured 920mm x 1825mm. To make your project easier you can have your timber pre-cut at Bunnings.

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2Measure and mark for the saddle clips

Measure and mark one of the long pieces of timber for the saddle clips to hold the wire. Ours were spaced 150mm apart. Use the set square to transfer the marks onto the other long piece of timber. This will ensure the clips are in the same place.

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3Mark the centre point on the timber

Find the centre point of the timber and mark where you want to fix each of the saddle clips.

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4Pre-drill holes for the clips

Place a saddle clip, so it's centred on the line where it will be attached. Use the 3mm drill bit to pre-drill the holes. Repeat this step where the saddle clips will be attached.

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5Pre-drill holes and fix the outer frame

Assemble the rectangular frame, so the shorter pieces of timber are between the longer pieces. Make sure the edges of the timber are flush. Pre-drill two holes into each corner with the 4.5mm drill bit. Use the drill and 75mm batten screws to join the frame together. Use two screws in each corner.


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6Paint the frame

You can paint the frame any colour you choose. We spray painted ours black. When spray painting, try to use smooth, even strokes. Make sure you work in a well-ventilated area and wear a ventilator mask. Apply as many coats as needed. Leave the paint to dry between coats.

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7Attach-the-clips

Turn the frame onto its side and clamp it to your workbench. Use the drill and screws provided to attach all of the saddle clips to the frame.

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8Thread the wire

Starting at one end, loop the wire through the saddle clips. Attach a swage at one end and crimp it tight.

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9Tighten the wire

When one end of the wire is crimped, hand tighten the wire and crimp the other end. Trim the wire as close to the swage as possible. Hand tightening the wire is fine for the trellis we built, but for tighter wire, use a turnbuckle.
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10Install the wire trellis

Now the trellis is made, plant your favourite tree or vine and start training it upwards. Before long, you'll have a lush green screen that will make a real feature of your garden or courtyard.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.