Raspberry Trellis for the Garden

Assemble the Raspberry Trellis

I set the cross member in the slot and drill through the post.

constructing the Raspberry Trellis from cedar posts and 2x4\'s
Drilling through post for carriage bolt

And secure the cross member with a galvanized carriage bolt, washer, lock washer, and nut.

hammering a Raspberry Trellis from cedar posts and 2x4\'s
Washer, lock washer, nut on carriage bolt secures the cross member to the post

I’ll repeat that same process for the lower slot.

constructing the Trellis from cedar posts and 2x4\'s
Marking the post for the brace slot on the other side

I roll the post over and mark the slot location for the brace. And make the saw cuts and chisel away.
The first two posts I cut the brace slot on the wrong side. Ah well… I’ll have to correct that.

constructing the Trellis from cedar posts and 2x4\'s
Dang! Messed up a few notches. :o)

Digging the post holes for the trellises

I marked the post hole locations and cut through the sod with a shovel.

digging the post holes for the berry trellis
Build Raspberry Trellises – Cutting thru the sod with a shovel

We are fortunate that below the sod we have about 24″ of silt that’s nearly rock free. Below that is a hard clay layer. So the holes can be dug fairly easily with a manual post hole auger.

digging the post holes for the berry trellis
Hand auger for the post holes

With a shovel, I open up the bottom of the hole a bit and remove the last of the dirt by hand. The shallower hole for the brace is then dug with a shovel.

setting the posts in the holes
Build Raspberry Trellises – Lifting T post into the hole

Fit the Braces

I set the post in the hole and check the fit of the brace.

setting the posts in the holes
Checking the fit of the low brace
setting the posts in the holes
Build Raspberry Trellises – Low brace in slot

I fill the space around the post with concrete, checking for plumb with a spirit level.

setting the posts in the holes
Concrete added to post hole

I then attach the brace to the post with screws and add some concrete to that hole as well.

setting the posts in the holes
Securing brace to post with screws – Build Raspberry Trellises

And I’ll do the same for the other post.

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