I’ve decided to use untreated wood for my A Frame, there are treated wood of the same sizes that are not a lot more expensive, but I was concerned for the chemical that they used to soak the wood, I don’t feel safe to let the cucumber vines climbing on it. As for the wood to make the stand (legs), I used 2x2x8 Premium Furring Str that costs $1.87 each, cut into half, used 2 for A Frame. The wood going across for the steps, I used 1x2x8 Premium Furring Str that costs $0.88 each, cut into 3 pieces, used 4 for A Frame so that I would have 6 steps for each side, a total cost of $7.26 for one A Frame. The color seems awfully white, I thought of using food coloring to stain it.
Hopefully it’ll look like this in the summer.
My dad used metal plates to connect the frame together, notice that I used 2 nails on the top step, and also on the bottom step, this is to prevent the A Frame from moving, I did it with one nail at first, and when my dad tried to connect them together, it was not sturdy and putting extra nail there seems to help.
As for the trellis for my string beans, the one in the book I believed is treated wood, but when I got to Lowes, I decided to use untreated wood instead, the same concern as the A Frame, but this should last me several years. I think I can get away with using treated wood since I’m growing English Ivy at the two ends, and middle where the wooden posts are.
I used wire coil which is a bit harder to work with, I think you can use rope and that might work better and easier to work with.
I can’t wait for things to start climbing up this trellis.