The City of Fountain Colorado recently re-landscaped a portion of vacant property near their public library. They needed someone to weld a trellis. City representatives collaborated with several local businesses as well as non-profit, Water Returns of Colorado, which serves El Paso County and the surrounding Pikes Peak Region for resources and information regarding water conservation tools, tips and techniques.
If you ask me, any time you can combine wood, stone, and steel you have something special. Especially if it’s made with locally harvested resources and is part of a public demonstration garden all about saving water. What an awesome Win-Win for everyone! ~Mitchell Dillman
And that’s exactly what we have going on in our latest project for the City of Fountain in partnership with Water Returns.
Watch, look, and listen to this detailed video tutorial and you will learn How-to Weld a Trellis.
Make Plans for Success
Like most welding projects, when it comes time to weld a trellis, the more planning the better. On this project for the City of Fountain, we were lucky enough to have a complete set of scaled blueprints drawn by the Colorado Springs based design firm, Higher Ground Designs – Landscape Archetechure and Irrigation Design.
This simple wall mounted trellis design can easily be duplicated and re-sized for just about any location. For this trellis frame we fabricated 14 gauge, 1″ square tubing, and 1/2″ square for the verticals, along with 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ strap, bent and drilled for the mounting brackets.
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Measure Twice – Cut Once
As with most welding projects, it is always easier to pre-cut all your parts prior to setting up to weld.
Watch Me and My Ellis 1600 Metal Cutting Bandsaw
Here you can see all ninety four parts needed to complete our two trellis’s. These finished trellis’s will measure 9’2 1/2″ x 7’6″
One of the most important steps you must address when welding just about any project is space. Will you have enough room to assemble and complete your project?
Always take into account the size of your finished piece to make sure you will have adequate room to complete your project. I welded these trellis’s on my 4’x8′ wooden work table using C-clamps and the factory edge of my OSB tabletop to square-up the 1″x1″ framework prior to tack welding. You can clearly see the trellis is much larger than my table.
Weld a Trellis
Basic welding magnets come in extremely handy when working alone. You can use them as a third hand to help hold parts in place as you begin tack-welding everything together.
Below you will notice how I tack-welded one of the 1/2″x 1/2″ uprights in place to hold the 1″x1″ frame during assembly.
Note the tack welded frame and welders magnet work together to complete the “tack-up”.
In the image below you will notice a small scrap piece of 1/4″ x 2″ strap. I use this as a spacer to hold the 1/2″ square tubing uprights in place during assembly.
When working alone you may find it necessary to get creative in how you tack all your parts together. Here I am using my welding stool and welders magnet to help hold the upper framework in place prior to tack-welding.
Here is another close-up of how-to weld a trellis. You can see how the welded metal parts now support themselves.
Now how about a quick look at a “Behind the Scenes” video I blasted out to Facebook during the build.
This is how we do it!Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. #ThomasEdison #watchlocal #ColoradoSprings #YOUTUBE #makers #makestuff #supporthandmade #welding #videos http://YouTube.com/user/MrMldillman
Posted by Mitchell Dillman on Saturday, October 10, 2015
This is a closeup look at how I shot the video for this article.
So that’s it. It’s just as easy as that. That is How-to Weld a Trellis. Next!
Now we have two welded trellis’s ready for paint. Be sure to Share, Like, Subscribe, and tell all of your friends!
So when it comes time to finish your welded metal trellis’s you have several options. You could leave them raw and allow them to patina over time. Then there is always the option of power coating your trellis. Here in Colorado we have a dry climate so you can simply finish them with several coats of high-quality paint and be good to go.
For these trellis’s we chose to use a high-quality, Direct-To-Metal (DTM) paint applied with a High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) gravity feed, spray gun. After applying three coats, our trellis’s are ready for delivery and final installation using four 3/8″ expanding anchors per trellis.
It’s Just as Easy as That!
So that’s it, that’s all there is to it. That is how to weld a trellis. Please leave questions or comments in the box below. We’ll be sure to respond as quick as possible.
What is Water Returns ?
Water Returns was formed in July 2008 to be the trusted, vested and impartial entity helping us all save water. Their Articles of Incorporation put it this way:
“…to facilitate the development and management of public/private collaborative projects designed to advance the integration and application of environmentally sustainable values and practices in communities throughout Colorado and the United States, through education, research and communication for and between property owners and developers, business and civic leaders, public policy makers and other community leadership andstakeholders, which in turn, will help citizens to enjoy a higher quality of life;”
Learn more about Water Returns, go to: Water Returns – The City of Fountain Project