How to Build a Copper Trellis
Transform plumbing tubing and fittings into an elegant garden accent
The noble trellis comes in many shapes and sizes, all in the service of giving flowering vines an attractive scaffolding on which to climb. This version in copper can be built for about as much as wood options you'd find at the garden center. Gluing together plumbing tubing and fittings makes assembly very easy, and the method eliminates the need for saws and fasteners. Over time, the copper will oxidize, giving the structure a worn patina that's every bit as unique as the plants it supports. Follow along as - saboteamos.info special projects editor Eric Hagerman shows you how to create a timeless garden ornament.
Finial: 6-by-6-inch Copper Ball Fence Post Cap, about $31;
Overview for Building a Copper Trellis
Saturday: Construct the frame (Steps 2–13).
Sunday: Make the legs, install the trellis (Steps 14–18).
Cut List for Building a Copper Trellis:
1x scrap lumber. Cut to length (about 7 feet).
½-inch 90-degree cup x cup copper elbow fittings. Get 16.
½-inch three-way copper tee fittings. Get five bags of 10 fittings.
½-inch copper uprights. Cut to fit.
½-inch copper couplings. Cut to fit.
½-inch copper legs. Cut to fit.