Build A House For Your Hose Reel

Build a latticed structure from treated pine to store a garden hose and reel, using it as a trellis to grow screening plants. It’s constructed using simple butt joints and to keep the timber from splitting all the holes are drilled with a 2mm combination countersink bit before securing treated pine screws. 

Make the lattice panels 

To build the wall and roof panels, use a jig to keep the frames square while the battens are attached. 

Construct the jig from three lengths of 900 x 90 x 19mm pine offcuts secured to a square corner of the work surface using screws.

Cut one end of each stud at 45º on the 42mm side with a mitresaw. 

Clamp the rafters and studs to the jig then drill the pilot holes and attach the battens with adhesive and 30mm screws, using 60mm spacers to keep the battens parallel. 

latticed panels spread out on a workshop table, handyman magazine,
To build the wall and roof panels, use a jig to keep the frames square while the battens are attached

Step 1. Attach the wall base

Against the baseplates, position the noggins and studs of the wall panel, leaving 17mm at the ends. Secure through the noggins and through the baseplates into the studs with 60mm x 8g screws.

Step 2. Join the roof and walls

Using 60mm screws, attach the ridge to the rafters of a roof panel then clamp a wall 100mm from the ends of the rafters and secure. Join the other roof and wall panel, securing the ridge to the rafters.

Step 3. Reinforce the structure

Position the cross brace across the back at the base of the walls, securing into the studs with 30mm screws. Cut the ties to fit with 45º cuts on the ends of the rafter ties and on one end of the stud ties, securing with screws.

Step 4. Secure the rails

Position the roof and wall rails 125mm from the sides and parallel to the rafters and studs, securing to the battens with PVA adhesive and screws. TIP The right roof rails are cut longer to overlap the left rails.

Step 5. Add the braces

Position the ridge prop on the inside of the cross brace and secure with screws. Temporarily position the diagonal braces on either side and mark the end angles, cut with a mitresaw then secure with screws.

Click on the diagram

Click on the diagram to see each component needed for this project. Measurements are in mm. 

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