The Construction

Okay.  So how do you go about building a monolith?

Well, we're not an alien race, so we've got to fake it.  
And we weren't wealthy, or trained welders, so that left 
out a metal structure.  Being far to heavy to move.

Wood?  Plywood and 2 x 12's?  

Andy reminded that the dimensions should be in a ratio of 
1 x 4 x 9.  Gary quickly sketched out the basic idea.  If 
we used simple dimensions in feet it could be impressively 
large but not unwieldly.  Plywood comes in 4' x 8' sheets 
- just a foot shorter than the Monolith.

What a concept!
And we got us a shopping list: 3 sheets of 4'x8' 1/2" plywood,
 2 ten foot lengths of 2x8, and 4 ten foot lengths of 2x4, plus 
 a box or two of screws, some wood filler, and a couple cans 
 of flat black paint.

Gary's garage was a pretty fair workshop, and though it was small, 
it was more than large enough to hold the Monolith, and it quickly 
took shape. We picked up the lumber on June the eighth, and had it 
three quarters assembled the same day.

Even though it was constructed of plywood we wanted to try for 
the smoothest finish possible.  The hardest part was covering 
all the countersunk screws with wood filler.  It seemed to take 
more time than the assembly did too.  Primarily cosmetic, hidden 
screws would also confound it's disassembly.

Then there was the paint.  Knowing it was just temporary, we didn't 
consider using any primer on the bare wood.  The plywood seemed to 
suck up the black paint like a sponge. We lost count of the number 
of coats of paint the Monolith took before it actually looked flat 

We had it assembled, puttied and sanded, and painted in about ten 

Now we had to find a good location for it, and prepare the spot for 
it's installation...