Garden Obelisk - Lumber Order - Spring 2020 Projects
Yesterday, I posted (for my own thinking) a lumber order for the building of a Versailles Orangerie Planter box and mentioned that it was one of a couple of projects I'm thinking about as part of our social distancing program. I recently received the catalog from Gardeners Supply Company - which is a joy to read right now - and saw this large cedar obelisk. They're asking $199.00 for what seems to be a pretty "good quality item". But, I know that I can beat that price if I built them myself.
Here's the Gardener's Supply Company Obelisk. This is NOT my photo - it is via their catalog here:
|Source via Gardener's Supply.|
The Gardener's obelisk is 7'6" tall, so that means that I'd have to use 8' long 2x2's. That's a nice size, isn't it? I did some factoring and have come up with these dimensions for the rungs on each side. The front/back are full dimensions, but the sides are 3" shorter to account for the width of the legs. Here's my cut list:
Using the cutlist tool from Jonathan Overholt, I see that I would need 4 96" boards to make those rungs. BTW...that cutlist tool is pretty great.
Just like the Orangerie Box, here's what my order looks like:
1. 4 2x2x8 treated boards (for the legs)
2. 8 1x2x8 treated boards (for the rungs + interior decoration board)
3. 1 4.5" x 4.5" treated fence post cap (for the top of where the legs come together)
4. 1 4.5" acorn-shaped treated finial
5. A pack of 'trim head' outdoor/deck screws (the ones that eliminate pre-drilling)
6. Some 1" brads (to tack the rungs into place before I screw them together)
7. Some portion of a gallon of "Go Way Green" to paint the obelisk.