DIY obelisk

From NZ Gardener magazine

Give your garden a designer look with this stylish obelisk, says Jane Wrigglesworth

You will need: Sixteen metres of 75mm x 50mm H3.2 rough-sawn pine, eighteen metres of 50mm x 25mm H3.2 rough-sawn pine, pack of 50 10g x 100mm countersunk screws, pack of 100 8g x 50mm countersunk screws, power saw, power drill, sandpaper or sander, paint, paintbrush, clamp and woodfiller.

2 litres Resene Lumbersider Resene Mantis.

Cost: $101.75 (plus paint).

Step 1 how to make a garden obelisk

Step 1
Cut half lap joints on each 480mm length, cutting an indent the same width (75mm) and half the depth (25mm) of the pine.

Step 2 how to make a garden obelisk

Step 2
Cut half lap joints on the ends of each 330mm length, cutting an indent 25mm x 25mm, as shown.

Step 3 how to make a garden obelisk

Step 3
Using 50mm screws, join the 330mm lengths to make three square frames, as shown. There will be indents on each corner.

Step 4 how to make a garden obelisk

Step 4
Join the 480mm lengths to form two more frames, as shown. These are the frames that sit near the top of the obelisk.

Step 5 how to make a garden obelisk

Step 5
Fix the 1500mm lengths to the three frames, with one frame 120mm from the top, one frame in the middle, and the other frame 150mm from the bottom.

Step 6 how to make a garden obelisk

Step 6
Using the 100mm screws, fix one of the 480mm long frames to the top of the obelisk, with one screw at each corner.

Step 7 how to make a garden obelisk

Step 7
Place the 50mm blocks on top of the frame in line with the 1500mm lengths. Screw, then fix the second 480mm frame on top.

Step 8 how to make a garden obelisk

Step 8
On all 420mm and 400mm lengths, cut angles of 50° on one end and 40° on the other. Screw to top of obelisk. Sand corners.

Step 5 how to make a garden obelisk

Step 9
Fill any gaps with wood filler. Apply two coats of paint to the obelisk and to one side of the 1400mm lengths.

Step 6 how to make a garden obelisk

Step 10
Screw the 1400mm lengths onto the obelisk, three per side. Then finish painting.

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