Step 1: Make the Finial

make the finial to build a pyramid trellis
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Create a 3-by-3-inch block: Cut a 4x4 to length and rip material off two adjacent sides. Using the cut list and detailed instructions at thisoldhouse.com/bonus, rip angles along each side to produce a pyramid-shaped finial. Notch its base to create a nailing ledge for the A-frame peaks.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
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    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun
    • hand clamps
      Clamps

    Shopping List

    1. ½x2-inch cedar strips
    to make the four sides

    2. 4x4-inch cedar post
    to make the finial3. -inch nails
    for the nail gun