How to Build a Tomato Trellis

Overview

For people who love tomatoes, growing their own is a labor of love. Often though, the problem of keeping the tomato plants upright under the weight of the fruit tends to disappoint. If you build a tomato trellis this problem can be eliminated. Using a drill and a short list of material, you can build a tomato trellis in about an hour. This design will allow your tomatoes to grow up along the twine once you tie them to it. The weight will be fully supported; and when the season is ended, the trellis comes apart for simple storage.

Preparation

Step 1

Lay out flat one of the 8-foot, 2 x 4 inch boards on the table so that one end overhangs. Measure out 4 inches with the measuring tape and mark the spot in the center of the board. Drill a hole in that spot through the other side.

Step 2

Turn the board around so that the opposite end is overhanging the table. Measure out 4 inches and mark at the center of the board. Drill your hole through at the mark.

Step 3

Take another of the 8-foot boards and lay it on the table the same way. Place the original board on top of the this board and line up the ends. Place the drill bit through the hole already made and drill through the second board. Turn both boards around as in step 2 and then repeat step 3.

Step 4

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the remaining two 8-foot boards. This will give you the four legs for your tomato trellis.

Step 5

Clear the table and put the two 3-foot boards on the table flat with the facing ends being 2 feet apart. Place an 8-foot board on top of these two and square off the ends so that the outer ends of the smaller boards match the ends of the larger board.

Step 6

Place the drill bit through a hole in the 8-foot board and drill through the board below. Repeat this with the other board.

Step 7

Place the larger board to the side of the smaller boards, then switch the smaller boards so that the undrilled ends are next to the ends of the larger board. Put the larger board back onto the smaller boards and line up the ends. Repeat step 6 to get the second set of holes in the smaller boards. These are your cross beams.

Step 8

Lay one of the 3-foot cross beams on the ground. Lay a set of legs over the cross beam and line up the holes at the bottom of the legs. Put screws through the holes, then place the washer and tighten with the nut on the end as you did before. Tighten all nuts with a ratchet. Repeat this step for the other set of legs and cross beam.

Frame Construction

Step 1

Take all of the materials to the site where you are planting tomatoes. You will be building the trellis here.

Step 2

Place two 8-foot boards with the 4-inch sides facing each other. Line up the holes. Put a screw through one of the holes. Place a washer on the bottom end of the screw then thread the nut onto the screw until it is hand tight. Repeat this step for the other two 8-foot boards. These are your trellis legs.

Step 3

Lay one of the 3-foot cross beams on the ground. Lay a set of legs over the cross beam and line up the holes at the bottom of the legs. Put screws through the holes, then place the washer and tighten with the nut on the end as you did before. Tighten all nuts with a ratchet. Repeat this step for the other set of legs and cross beam.

Hanger Construction

Step 1

Cut five 6-foot sections of twine with the scissors. Tie one section onto the 10-foot beam to the inside of the screw at each end. Tie the remaining twine sections to the beam equal distances apart.

Step 2

Lay the beam and twine flat on the ground. Spread the twine out so that the twine sections line up. Place the remaining 10-foot section near the base of the twine and tie the twine around that beam as well.

Step 3

Using a second person, place each side of the 10-foot beam with screws onto the small end (top) of the legs so that the screws are on the outside of the legs. Stand the entire trellis upright. The lower 10-foot beam should be hanging in air via the twine.

Things You'll Need

  • 2" by 4" by 8' board (4)
  • 2" by 4" by 10' board (2)
  • 2" by 4" by 3' board (2)
  • Measuring tape
  • 10-inch screws (6)
  • Drill
  • Washers (6)
  • Nuts (6)
  • Twine
  • Scissors
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Jack S. Waverly is a New York-based freelance writer who writes articles relating to business, personal finance, gardening, sustainable living and business management. Waverly is published on Pluck, Happy News and many other websites.