The fine weather is here and we want to spend as much leisure time in the garden as possible. Much as we love our poultry we do draw the line with sharing our meals with them. It wouldn’t be so bad if they stayed on the ground but no, from six-week old chicks up they have the ability to fly and do, always onto the table or worse onto our plates of food.. This hampers our enjoyment of mealtimes and it is fruitless trying to explain to them that: we don’t steal from their food bowls therefore……….
One of this year's hatch and a potential uninvited dinner guest!
To this end we decided to construct a gazebo from home-made pallet wood trellis panels in front of one of our greenhouses, the gable-end wall of the greenhouse acting as one wall of the gazebo. The additional usage for this gazebo is that when not in use by us it could form an addition flight and foraging area for our quail, who live in the greenhouse.
Construction and Design Part 1
The planks I used came from non-standard sized pallets (approx. 2m long), the best place for these seems to be bathroom supplies and joiners, also if you have them in your area, exhibition stand suppliers, who tend to use extra large 'bespoke' pallets.
These I sawed to width, 2 planks cut to 69mm width and two cut to: two plank thicknesses subtracted from 69mm.
The four pieces that result were then nailed together, to form a square-section post that fitted into the stake.
Bolt holes were drilled through the 69mm plank faces, using the holes in the stake as the guide. Once drilled, each stake and post were numbered so I knew the holes in the post aligned with the matching holes in the stake.
I cut 100mm (4”) squares from pallet wood to act as caps to the top of each post end.
Before we made the trellis it was necessary to get the framework in place. This was of particular importance in our planning as we wanted to have a herringbone pattern to our trellis and we needed to make sure of all the measurements so the pattern would work to its best advantage.
The stakes were then driven into the ground at the determined positions, ensuring that the posts would be vertical once in place. I used 50mm wide battens to connect to the top of each post and two planks at the bottom of each post so that there was a 150mm – 200mm (6” – 8”) deep gravel board barrier from ground level running around the perimeter traced out by the posts.
I put an additional post on one side of the perimeter which was to support an entrance door. The door fitting between it and the corner post. A top 50mm (2”) rail joined these two posts.
All this framework was treated with linseed oil tinted with natural pigment, for more details on using natural wood stains see the link below.
Now, if you'd like to sit back and watch the film. As you will see I did the cutting of the long planks before I made my Plankmaker's holdfast, so I'm including below a link to that project too, which makes for much easier sawing.
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