Building A Tuteur for the Garden

MeWithTuteur.ArticleI have been wanting to build a “Teteur” for the garden for some time. A Tuteur is a French term for a three or four sided trellis or plant support.  A Tuteur is great for growing vines on in a flower garden and vegetables like peas or beans in a vegetable garden.

I have seen various designs in gardening magazines but wanted to design something myself. Many have some sort of fence post finial as the top but I wanted something a little different. I wanted to use a small 4″ gazing ball. I chose a red one because I was building the Tuteur for my landscaped area where my Bee Baum is located and it is red.  I ended up using a regular finial for a fence post, cut off the round portion, and carved out a rounded area to accommodate the red stainless steel gazing ball.

The original purchased finial for a fence post.

The original purchased finial for a fence post.

The ball cut of the finial. The bottom was carved like a bowl to accommodate the gazing ball.

The ball cut of the finial. The bottom was carved like a bowl to accommodate the gazing ball.

 

For the legs, I used pressure treated 2 x2’s (actually size is 1-3/8″ x 1-3/8″) and for the cross members and decorative vertical pieces I used pressure treated 1×2’s (actual size is 1-3/8″ x 5/8″).

I also designed and hand cut a block for the top so the legs could be attached at 12 degrees, which for the 6.5 foot height, was the angle I needed so it would be approx. 36″ at the base.  The overall height with the finial and gazing ball would be approx. 7 feet.

 The block cut for the top to attach the legs to and keep them at 12 degrees.


The block cut for the top to attach the legs to and keep them at 12 degrees.

Legs attached to the top block.  The top of the legs had to be trimmed at 12 degrees as well so the top would be level.

Legs attached to the top block. The top of the legs had to be trimmed at 12 degrees as well so the top would be level.

A side view of the legs attached to top block.

A side view of the legs attached to top block.

Another view of the legs attached to the top block.

Another view of the legs attached to the top block.

It took awhile for the cutting, assembly, and two coats of white stain, but here it is finished.

This is the finished Tuteur before staining began.

This is the finished Tuteur before staining began.

First coat of white stain applied.

First coat of white stain applied.

Once the second coat of white stain was dry, I completed the project by attaching the 4″ red gazing ball to the top using a clear silicone adhesive.

A close-up of the custom finial using a 4" stainless steel gazing ball.

A close-up of the custom finial using a 4″ stainless steel gazing ball.

The completed Tuteur from the left side.

The completed Tuteur from the left side.

The completed Tuteur from the right side.

The completed Tuteur from the right side.

This was a fun little project, and although I am using it in our flower garden, it would work just as well in our vegetable garden.  My wife has already requested a couple for that purpose.

It is always satisfying to build things yourself and this type of project is not difficult with just a few tools and imagination.

© 2015 by John D. McCann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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