DIY Garden Gazebo from Pallet Wood Part 2 - Trellis Panels and Door

The garden gazebo with its home-made trellis panels and posts is now about to take shape and provide us with an elegant outside dining area, far from the madding poultry. The previous blog article on this project, how to construct the pallet wood posts and frame, can be found here

How to make a pallet wood trellis gazebo

Construction Continued

The perimeter of the garden gazebo now being complete,  the next stage was to make it chicken proof, starting with:

The Door

Home-made Garden Gazebo - pallet wood trellis doorThis was a rectangular frame of 50mm x 25mm (2” x 1”) wood for the perimeter with two diagonal braces of the same wood to stiffen the structure, to which were nailed laths of about 25mm ( 1”) wide timber. Once checked for fit, the door was coated in linseed oil and then hung in place.

The Trellis

The most time-consuming, but most satisfying part of the project. The trellis comprised a framework to which laths were nailed. The laths were cut to width from pallet planks and I had toyed with several forms of trellis pattern, before finally deciding on a chevron style. The main advantage was that for this design I would never need a lath longer than a pallet plank length. The normal square-patterned trellis would require laths the full height of the panel (normally 1800mm (approx 6’).

Homemade pallet wood trellis gazebo

The size for each trellis panel was measured. I had decided that the trellis would fit between the vertical posts and be screwed to the top batten and bottom gravel boards that joined the posts. 

The frame of the trellis was made from long pallet planks sawn to 40mm – 50mm width  (1¾” – 2”). A third plank bisected the panel between the top and bottom edges. I made lapped joints at each plank intersection. Normally, the cutting of even such a simple joint can take a little time, but I found that by setting my table saw to a cutting height of half the plank thickness and making numerous cuts at intervals of the saw blade width, the joint could be created easily, accurately and quickly. The faces of the joint resulting from using the saw were not perfectly smooth but, as I was not going to glue the joint, I did not consider this to be a problem. You can find the link to my home-made table saw at the bottom of the page.

psllet wood frame lapped joint

The frame was nailed at the joints. I used 50mm (2”) nails.......
pallet wood gazebo - lapped joint nailed

........which I bent over on the reverse side.

As usual with a rectangular frame the squareness of it was checked by measuring the diagonals.
pallet wood gazebo homemade trellis

The fit of  each frame between the appropriate posts was checked before the laths were attached.
how to make pallet wood trellis

To achieve the chevron pattern I made a pair of guides (one a mirror image of the other).  Each guide comprised a short straight plank to which was screwed, at 45º, a pallet plank of 80mm (2¾”)  width. In use the guide was positioned such that the short plank rested against what would be the vertical edge of the frame, the 45º part of the guide would rest on either the frame perimeter or the central plank of the frame.

how to make sure home made trellis is evenly spaced

The first lath to be nailed to the frame was near to the top of the centre plank. I used 40mm (1½” – 15/8”) nails that were just less than the thickness of the lath and frame combined. Leaving the guide in place, the next lath was laid against the opposite edge of the guide and nailed in place. The guide was lifted out and laid against the edge of the recently nailed lath, the position for the adjacent lath being the other edge of the guide. A check could be maintained on the correct angle for each lath by keeping the short plank of the guide against the frame edge.

making home-m ade pallet wood trellis
The surplus length of lath extending over the edge of the frame was removed by sawing flush to the frame edge,  Some of the offcuts were long enough to be used elsewhere on the panel. Once one half of the panel was completed, the same process could be undertaken on the other side, this time using the ‘mirror-image’ guide.

trellis gazebo home-made from pallet wood

To complete the design, I also incorporated a panel of small square trellis, along the South wall of the gazebo, again using a guide in the same way as with the chevron pattern.

Once completed, each panel  was then put in place between the upright posts a g-clamp holding it to the top batten of the perimeter frame, screw holes were drilled in the top and bottom rails of the panel through which the fixing screws could secure it to the top batten and the gravel board of the framework.

finishing touches homemade trellis gazebo
To finish each panel I made and attached a weatherstrip to protect the top edge. The strip was a pallet plank wide enough to cover the combined thickness of  trellis and top batten. The upward facing side of the plank  was chamfered so as to shed rainwater. I used a router with a 45° chamfer bit to produce this but the same result could be easily produced with a hand plane.

DIY trellis gazebo weatherproofing

Finally, the whole trellis and framework was given a coat of linseed oil to protect it from the vagaries of the weather.

Here’s to fewer intrusions at mealtimes! Now if you'd like to, sit back and watch the film.

All the best and thanks for dropping by. Please feel free to share this article, comment and/or ask for further information.

Bon appétit!

Cheers, Andy
© Andy Colley 2015


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  1. It would be nice to add to your blog by clicking "automatic translation" - In the "Design" - "gadgets". To the audience could read your blog in their language :)

    Mark Fisher.Ukraina.

    1. Hi Mark, I don't know how I missed your comment, I am really sorry! We did actually look into this gadget and tested it out on our friends when we wrote the blog on their cream separator, specifically so they could read it in French but they actually told us (in French anyway) it was so badly translated as to make the whole thing confusing!! However, I will try it again and see how it goes. Thanks for your suggestion and apologies again for taking so long to answer it. Cheers from a rather chilly Normandie, Andy

  2. Thank you for the nail sizes! I had to look at a million how to make trellis before finding this with some sizes! Keep up the good work and keep doin what you are doin!

  3. Hi Andy,Long time no see but I'd have known that face anywhere. Loved the bicycle-powered washing machine!It reminded me so much of the kit for the Frenchman who has everything that you made for Dad all those years ago. I shared the photo with Pip online and it brought the same memories back for him too. All the best to you and Sue. Love Jan