The Great Pyramid of Giza
Building an ancient treasure in your own backyard!
We selected a piece of 3/4 inch plywood and cut each side to measure 21 inches in length. We rounded the edges of the base using a handheld router and followed with a medium grit sanding block to smooth out any rough spots. The actual base of our pyramid will be 18 inches wide and should fit comfortably on the 3/4 inch ply.
Once we have sanded the base smooth, we will apply a stain to darker the color. We will add a light layer of white glue and sprinkle sand to the surface for a realistic texture.
The Side Templates
We went online to look for measurements for our pyramid that would provide us with a scale appearance. We knew that the four sides of the Great Pyramid were of equal dimension but were not equilateral triangles. Our first attempt at making a scale template did not take into consideration the length of the triangle from the midpoint of the base to the top. We checked our measurements, crunched some numbers and came up with a new template that looks much better.
Pictured to the right we traced our templates onto thin cardboard and made four copies. We then used masking tape to temporarily secure the sides together in order to check our measurements for accuracy. Sure enough, after placing the cardboard template on the base we are beginning to see what our pyramid is going to look like.
The next step will be to cut each side out of 1/4 inch plywood veneer. We used a band saw to cut four sides from plywood using our updated measurements. (See below).
This page was last updated: December 6, 2017