We are very budget conscious.So we began looking through our discarded wood supply and found an old porch railing that had recently been removed. The wooden spindles were the perfect size to use on the obelisk.
Next, split the 2 x 4 boards in half using a table saw. When using reclaimed wood adjustments will need to be made.
Cut Spindles to Size -
– Cut 4 spindles at 19 inches each - cut on a 45-degree angle using a miter saw.
– Using a thinner piece of molding, we cut 4 pieces at 14 inches each
– Then 4 more spindles at 9 inches each are cut at a 45-degree angle.
Drill Pilot Holes to Prevent Wood Splitting.
Finally, drill a pilot hole in the 45-degree angle cut with a cordless drill.
Lay two boards flat and attach the spindles to the post at each marking using wood screws. Then repeat with the two remaining posts.
Once the two sides are secure, attach them to each other using the remaining spindles. Be sure to attach them at the same height as before.
Another option is to attach a top for the obelisk tower. We used a piece of treated siding and drilled a hole in the center to allow for a solar light.