As the weather warms up, a clothesline is a fantastic way to take advantage of the sunny days and be environmentally friendly when drying your clothes. Jenny Palo of Palo Woodcraft had a special request from her grandmother which inspired her latest build. See how she built her grandmother a clothesline with the help of our Simpson Strong-Tie hardware. 

Jenny Palo with Completed Clothesline

When grandma asks for a clothesline, grandma gets two clotheslines! I had a blast collaborating on the project with Simpson Strong-Tie. Their , E-Z Spike™, and Outdoor Accents®  

Wood Cutting with Jenny Palo
Wood Cutting with Jenny Palo

I first started this project by heading to my local home center to pick up some lumber for the project. Both posts can be made with only four 4x4x8 pieces. I then cut smaller pieces of wood with a 45-degree cut. 

Assembling the Wooden Post
Assembling the Wooden Post

Once the post was assembled, I decided to stain the wood with Behr Premium Solid color waterproofing stain and sealer semi-transparent stain in white. It’s a bit thicker than regular wood stain. Of course, I made a mess and stain got all over my hands in the process.  

Painted and Stained Wood Pieces
Painted and Stained Wood Pieces

Once all the pieces were stained, they were ready to assemble. I used the Outdoor Accents decorative knee brace connector to easily attach the knee brace to the post. I then screwed it in with the Simpson Strong-Tie Outdoor Accents sOutdoor Accentslike butter! But if you don’t have an impact driver, it definitely helps. 

Installing the Outdoor Accents Knee Brace
Installing the Outdoor Accents Knee Brace

I really did not want to have to dig a huge hole and use cement, so I wanted to see how well the works. When it was time to put in the E-Z Spike, I had to channel my inner Thor. As you hammer the stake into the ground, keep checking that it is level as you go. I tried a different hammer after the first one split my wood block. I also brought in the big guns to help hammer in the second E-Z Spike™ thanks, Dad! 

E-Z Spike Installation
E-Z Spike Installation

Simpson Strong-Tie’s line of Outdoor Accents hardware made this project a breeze! The E-Z Spike™ eliminated the need to dig a huge hole to bury the post, the knee braces made joinery so simple, and the screws and hexhead washers added those really coollooking accents to the project. I loved getting to work on this project for my grandma! She kept saying, “it looks so professional!” A simple project with a big impact.  

Jenny Palo with Finished Clothesline
Jenny Palo with Finished Clothesline

Disclaimer: The E-Z Base and E-Z Spike products should not be used for solid fences in excess of 4′ in height or that are unprotected from wind forces. These products are not rated for uplift loads, and should not be used with posts for overhead structures or any other structure that requires resistance to wind uplift loads. If using the E-Z Spike for a similar project, please consider whether you are in a region prone to high winds.