How to Make a Garden Climber Tutor

Fence guide for garden climbing plant

A few years ago we planted a climbing plant in the garden, specifically a beautiful wisteria. Luckily it does not grow too fast, and it is easy to control by regularly pruning it. The fact is that my parents thought it was a good idea to guide a part halfway up in front of the porch of the house, and for this they improvised a support with some metal tubes. It goes without saying that an improvised support of metal tubes is not usually very pretty, so as you can see from the size of the plant, it had been pending for some time to make, with some treated wood posts, a support fence that would serve of wooden guardians for this garden climber.

How to Make Wooden Stakes for Climber

To make this kind of garden fence, I used treated wooden posts, one of those typical found in DIY centers, agricultural areas and garden centers. The thick ones are easy to find, but to find the thinner ones I needed to do a little more searching.

Level the post on the drill press table

The system of joining the parts of the garden fence is in principle very simple. I only drilled a few holes in the thicker vertical posts, with enough diameter to fit the thinner horizontal posts. What is no longer so simple is drilling the holes themselves in the wooden stakes. The first thing I had to do is put a support at the same height as the table of the column drill to keep posts level while drilling.


The next problem was keeping the wooden posts from rolling while I tried to drill them, but with a pair of pliers on each side it was enough to hold them in place. With the distance I wanted to make the holes from the head of the post already marked, I started to drill the holes in the posts with the hole saw.

Since the crown bit does not allow a hole to be drilled completely to the other side of the post, I took advantage of the central hole it leaves to drill the center hole to the other side with a normal bit. So when turning the pole I can fit the centering bit that the crown bit brings and finish drilling the hole completely.

Align the holes in the post by eye

The order I followed to drill the holes was to first drill the holes on one side of all the posts, then drill all the centering holes to the other side and finish drilling all the holes from the other side. You just have to be careful to align by eye the hole that is going to be made at half height in the post, with the first hole that was made in the upper part, since if they are not aligned they will give problems when fitting the horizontal posts.

Hammer the poles into the garden

Finally, I applied a protective stain to all the wood stains, to improve the protection they already have as it is treated wood and to homogenize the color. And with the mace and the help of the meter and a level I was nailing and mounting the fence in its place in the garden.

But since drilling the posts weakens them, the upper part of two posts cracked and separated with the blows, so I had to put a vertical plug resting on the base of the hole to finish nailing them by hitting them with the mallet.

Gluing the broken head of the post

After mounting the horizontal posts I used special glue for exteriors and glued the broken parts. I held them tight one day with the cheap carpenter sergeants. And now, with the tail already dry, the final appearance of this wooden guardian fence that I put on the climber is quite good.


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