Upcycled Lighthouse Lamp

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Project by Lucas Mood posted 06-15-2015 11:05 PM 1525 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Too many times I’ve walked by my miter saw and thought about how under used its capabilities are. So, I just wanted to make a sloped hexagon. After making a few planter boxes the mind started to wander a bit, as it is wont to do. For the sake of anagrammatical simplicity I call my brain “Brian” and, contrary to what my wife might tell you, I do actually talk with Brian fairly often.

So, I’d done some cuts on the miter saw and Brian says to me, in a wry, challenging sort of way, “Why is it that we shouldn’t try to get some compound miters on the table saw as well?”

Having a stack of 5/8? x 5? width cedar leftover from the neighbor’s fencing job afforded Brian and me some experimentation with this. After one or two missteps, we came up with a good plan to split the 10? pieces we had into the correct miters to make a longish hexagon. I think the original intent was to be some manner of vase. Once it was done, however, Brian piped up again and said, “If you turned that upside down and put a top on it, it would resemble a lighthouse.”

Brian was right.

Back to the miter saw. Bits and pieces were cut and thrown out and after some searching of apps and websites I discovered Mr. Jansson’s website with a very handy calculator. I have since stolen all of his javascript for my very own. The right angles were cut and after some tricky gluing and delicate routing(if there is such a thing) the lighthouse was lit.

Admittedly, there were some glue drips, so the finish just ended up being 2 coats of shellac which preserved the original color of the wood without accentuating my gluing messes. The base is from a reclaimed TV stand and the little log thing was cut from a 4×4 from the aforementioned fencing job. Otherwise, due to the inherent variance in fencing stock thickness, the final, entire thing was cut from a single piece of cedar fencing.

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#1 posted 06-16-2015 12:34 AM

I think that you and “Brian’ did a great job! I may try one of these as a gift for a friend that loves lighthouses.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 06-16-2015 04:12 AM

Cool looking lighthouse. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 06-16-2015 07:16 AM

That is really nice, I wish I had the vision to think of projects like this, think I may just have to steal this one and put it on my never ending list of projects. Thanks, John

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#4 posted 06-16-2015 10:37 AM

cool light house my friend way too cool for school

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#5 posted 06-16-2015 06:50 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 06-19-2015 02:00 AM

That is a great looking lighthouse. I love them and have built a few. That one came out super!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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