HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Deck Trellis and Bench

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Project by Napaman posted 07-22-2010 07:25 PM 6918 views 8 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fluidity Contest Note: While you may not see motion—-you have to imagine beautiful vines that will grow and blow in the evening napa winds…this project was literally built this week—-so no vines to show yet…but once there are vines this project (i think ) will fit the “fluidity”...not to mention that this week my wife and I celebrate 10 great years—-and we built this side by side from start to finish which was a lot of fun—-can you see the fluidity in the communiation we had over the last four days?

The Build: This week we returned from our summer trip and instead of returning to my sail boat build decided to finally build a project that I have thought about for several years. In the end it took us 4 days from start to finish…

A few years ago my step son and I built this deck ... and the plan had always been to finish it with a trellis to add privacy to our yard. The problem was that I did not want to dig post holes in the space that the trellis would go…and so I came up with this design…I came up with a “sandwiched” post series. The posts of the trellis straddle of the joists in the back of the deck.

I was very worried that this would not be strong enough to support growing vines so then I came up with adding the bench which looks great but also becomes a very important structural component to the overall design.

We used copper piping to bridge the trellis supports…and it looks super nice in the evenings as the sun shines on it…you see the deck is in a perfect spot to sit back and watch the sunset…thus another good reason for the bench…

One of the best parts was when my neighbor looked out the window and could not believe that I came up with the design…I really like that part of the project…the double 2×4’s with the trimmed top piece, the copper and the bench really look nice and unique—-i lamented for several years whether I should just go out and buy some sheets of lattice…now I am super glad I never did that…this ended up super nice…maybe our best yet!


The first two pictures are overall shots…I wish the copper shined the way it does in person.

Pictures 3 and 4 show the “sandwich” structure…we put 1/2 inch by 6 inch long bolts through the trellis and bench supports…there was quite a bit of “fluidity”in the trellis at this point…but I knew with the bench it would all become more rigid…

Picture 5 is another overall shot…except for the scraps and hose in the shot I like it because it shows the dry creek we put in last winter flowing to the deck…and the dirt around shows the last remaining area of our two year back yard makeover…or 3 years???

Last photo shows the nice wide bench…and the opening for the vines where we will put a nice pot down inside…or build a planter box inside…but I think a nice square, colorful pot will look really nice…

THANKS TO MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE SARAH…I really enjoyed building this with you…I think it turned out super nice and may be the nicest project so far!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 07-22-2010 07:30 PM

That’s great man! The place is going to look terrific when that vine gets going. looks like some good summer projects going on around there. Fantastic!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 07-22-2010 07:36 PM

sorry that I cant get the second link to work—-the one that links to the original deck project…tried it several times…will ask martin for help…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 07-22-2010 08:16 PM

Very nice project. What kind of a vine do you plan on?

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#4 posted 07-22-2010 08:21 PM

Lynn…Not sure on the vine…we live in a great climate—Northern Ca…which has pretty moderate temps…we get a couple 100 degree summer days…but most days are in the 80’s…

And in the winter we have a few days each year that get below freezing at night…but not many…

We want something that will have folliage year round…our bedroom window looks right into our neighbors kitchen and front door…so that is one of the reasons for the build…privacy…and the back of my shop is right there…so when I am working this will give them more privacy and maybe dampen the noise a bit…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 07-22-2010 08:33 PM

well done matt and sarah .

and happy 10 !

what a great way to say ,


to each other .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 07-22-2010 08:34 PM


This is beautiful!! As the redwood ages, it should add even more striking contrast to the copper.

As far as vines go, I think LJ Gary Fixler has some that seem to grow well ;^)

Edit: Good Luck in the contest!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 07-22-2010 08:37 PM

Hey Matt. First off beautiful Trellis and bench. I love how you took advantage of the trellis support and incorporated a bench into it. Also like how you used copper. As far as what type of vine to grow in Napa Valley…...........THERE IS ONLY ONE TYPE OF VINE TO GROW…..GRAPE VINES. I would recommend growing Cabernet Sauvignon…since you know it will do well. My motto grow something you can drink=)

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#8 posted 07-22-2010 08:51 PM

WoW Copper Pipe. You must have taken out a loan for them.

Looks great Matt.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 07-22-2010 09:23 PM

Very nice Matt, & Sarah, a unique looking design, it beats the heck out of that lathe lattice you can buy.

This will stand, & age gracefully for many years.


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 07-23-2010 12:09 AM

Nice work, and congrats on your wedding anniversary!

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#11 posted 07-23-2010 12:36 AM

Great job Matt & Sarah.
I’m seeing those vines swaying in the breeze & can see the fluidity in it.
Well done !

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#12 posted 07-23-2010 02:27 AM

Very nicely done! You did a beautiful job on this. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 07-23-2010 02:43 AM

now that looks great from here
about the wine
consider to use those that they do here in Denmark on the wineyards
yes we actuly make wiene here in Denmark even thow we have relative cold sommers
and cold winthers
I don´t know the latin names for them sorry


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#14 posted 07-23-2010 04:04 AM

very cool Bud ! it fits the bill in my book

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 07-23-2010 09:05 AM

thanks everyone…quote from sarah: “They are all so nice!”

So true…we like the drinking vines Brian…unfortunately grape vines are dormant in the winter and pull back to the stump…and re-grow each year…so we will hit our local nurserys for help…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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