Easy DIY Obelisk Arbor
(this post would’ve been way too long if I had attached all the step by step photos, they will be included in the PDF download at the bottom of this post with the drawing if you wish more details)
I have been so anxious to get this to you. I had to wait on dimensions and a drawing from the builder (hubby). Then when I got the drawing it is in a very technical format.
He is an engineer and thinks everyone can easily read drawings like this. If you study it you can make out what you need for materials and make your own cut list but in the not too distant future I will put one up here. (he has promised to make one for me soon)
I was going to build this all myself but when I told my hubby he would need to bring home my Ryobi nailer and miter saw he quickly decided to make it for me instead. I think I am just going to have to buy myself another nailer.
He also took the photos with his phone on the fly and some are not very clear so bear with me on this. The only remedy I can think of is to build another myself and do the photos for you but until then here she is, blurry shots and all.
Start with two 8 foot long 2″ x 2″s and four 1″ x 2″s cut to their respective lengths. (please see drawing for dimensions) This is the 1 x 2″s cut to size.
Glue and nail them into a ladder type shape.
Make four of these ladders, it makes it go faster when you make one on top of the other as a guideline.
Add the cross 1 x 2’s to your ladders.
Lie two “ladders” on their sides and attach the cross pieces. Now you can really see the obelisk taking shape.
The top piece is also a ladder made from two 2 x 2″s and the 1 x 2″s.
The ends are 2 x 2’s, he pre-drilled and screwed them on for added stability.
He created a framed inside of the ladder to set on top on the obelisks to keep i steady and create the arbor.
It is an awesome design. I can take the top piece off whenever I want to move the arbor if I need to.
In this photo you can see the framework around the top of the obelisk and the 1 x 2’s that hold it on.
These photos don’t show it but the bottom has a treated 2 x 4 cut to size so the untreated wood is not touching the dirt.
All painted up in her magenta gorgeousness!
Once this is covered with climbing plants or roses I will be sure to share again. I have not actually sat down and crunched the numbers for an exact cost but my estimation for how much the materials for this project ran would be $50 to $60. Not bad for such a grand statement in the garden.
For a downloadable PDF of this project just click here. Fabulous DIY Obelisk Arbor!
Happy Building! (and gardening)
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