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I made this lampost for my daughter a little while ago and wired it this weekend. Very simple…pressure treated 4” x 4” x 12’ , and a bunch of inexpensive single sided cedar I got from Lowes. With the light, outlet and wire it was less than $80.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org





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miles125

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#1 posted 2608 days ago

Looks great!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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WayneC

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#2 posted 2608 days ago

I bet she is really pleased. Very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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TreeBones

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#3 posted 2608 days ago

Looks like a real clean job. Is the post now an octogon?

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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oscorner

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#4 posted 2608 days ago

It looks great.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 2607 days ago

it’s beautiful—like a beacon saying “here’s home”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Tony

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#6 posted 2607 days ago

Great looking idea – I have to upgrade mine sometime in the future – I’ll keep this one in mind

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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mot

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#7 posted 2607 days ago

Quick, easy, inexpensive, yet a really useful and tastefully done project. That’s great, Bob!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Bob Babcock

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#8 posted 2607 days ago

The post is still square. It looks somewhat octagonal in the picture because on the upper 1/2 I screwed on 2” wide strips of cedar. It cover up the dado I routed for the wire and provides some detail. I saw a very similar (but not nearly as nice IMHO) lampost (no mailbox) on sale at a local fence company for $350.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Bob Babcock

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#9 posted 2607 days ago

Here is a link to the Sketchup model for those that might be interested.
http://www.stoneaxe.biz/Sketchup/lamppost.skp

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 2607 days ago

that’s a great plan!! Thank you

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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jockmike2

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#11 posted 2607 days ago

Does she have the problem we have around here of kids playing mailbox baseball? It really gets old. Nice job. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Bob Babcock

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#12 posted 2607 days ago

That happens around here too occasionally. I’ve replaced a couple of my own over the years. Fortunately she lives at the end of a cul-de-sac so it’s unlikely.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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MsDebbieP

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#13 posted 2607 days ago

I was shocked when I heard that teens had a term for knocking down mailboxes. Here they call it “mailboxing”.
I guess they spend their enjoyment hours “mailboxing” and “cow-tipping”.
I have given a lecture or two to friends of my kids when they were younger.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Bob Babcock

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#14 posted 2607 days ago

LOL…Deb, I grew up on the streets of Boston. You have no idea how funny that sounds. I won’t even begin to list some of the stupid things I did as a teenager.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Karson

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#15 posted 2607 days ago

I had a neighbor who got his mailbox wiped out with either a snowplow or mailbox baseball.

He made a new box out of 1/4” stainless steel and welded it to a base that swivels if it is hit. The pole is 6” stainless. I used my tractor to dig the hole to set it in.

15 years later the box is still as good as new.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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