How to build an obelisk

Use these instructions to create a beautiful garden tower

Obelisk Diagram
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Materials list

  • One 4 x 4 fence post with finial, cut about 14" long
  • Four 8' 2 x 2s for 93½" legs
  • One 8' 2 x 4 for four 22" spreaders
  • Four 4' pieces of ¼" x 1½" lath, perhaps rip-cut from a 2 x 4, for: four 171⁄2" lower crosspieces, four 14" middle crosspieces, and four 10½" upper crosspieces
  • Four 7' pieces of ¼" x 1" lath, perhaps rip-cut from 5⁄4 decking, for four long verticals
  • Eight 5' pieces of ¼" x 1" lath for eight shorter verticals
  • 1¼" and 2" decking or stainless-steel screws
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