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Project by scrappy posted 08-11-2009 03:40 AM 1402 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, Thank You Don for the use of your plan. It is very different for me to actually have a plan ahead of time to work from. Most items get made to size by the limits of the scrap wood I have aquired. ( actually bought wood for this!)

I did make one small adjustment to the plans, Had to cut ALL dimensions in half! That sucker was huge!

We have a small yard and thought a 5 foot lighthouse would be a little large. As it is, it is only 29 inches tall to the top cap ( 33 with spire). Really enjoyed building this. First time for tapered, miter cuts. Used a jig and it worked just fine. (my table saw is not the most accurate)

During “glue up”, used masking tape on the joints then rolled it all together. Added a strap clamp afterwards to hold until dry. Seemed to work just fine. Got the masking tape idea from another project here but don’t remember wich one. Thank you, whoever it was. (if someone knows please post the link)

Have landscape lighting in the garden so just built a light and wired it in. Did not cut the windows out like Don did They are just for looks, not looking through. haha

Made from 3/8 baltic birch and 3/16 ply trim.

Hope everyone likes this. My wife sure does. Thanks again Don.

PS. While I was out in the yard with the camara, took an update pic of the trellis I made a couple of months ago. ( was asked to post pic after the vine grew in.) Not covered with vines yet, but they are growing good.

Thank you all for viewing.

Please leave all comments and critiques. They are most welcome.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 08-11-2009 06:24 AM

Scrappy, Looks good from here!! The masking tape trick is pretty wide spread. I doubt if anyone wants to claim it as the originator anymore :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 08-11-2009 06:39 AM

Well done Scrapster.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 08-11-2009 07:31 AM

Nice light house. Is it a design based on an actual light house or just conceptualized? If I had to climb it everyday like the light keeper did-I’d cut it down to size also! Keep up the good work scrappy.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#4 posted 08-11-2009 02:46 PM

Nice job buddy. Is that a Gargoyle type “sea monster” sneaking up on the light keeper??

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 08-11-2009 07:40 PM

I love the light house. Great job. The plants are growing well and looking good. I remember the shot from when you built it. Thanks for the follow up.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#6 posted 08-12-2009 01:21 AM

Great job Scrappy. My Dad is really into the lighthouse, model ships and nautical thing. I’ll have to try my hand at one of those for him. Again, great job!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#7 posted 08-12-2009 02:23 AM

Thanks for all the great comments everyone. Glad you liked it.

Woodwrecker, That is Igor. He has been in the family for about 10 years now. Never a real good place to put him on the house, so he lives in the garden.

Woodbutcher, The plan doen’t say if it is from an actual lighthouse or not. But it does have a “created by Dave Runyan” on it so I dougt if it is a real lighthouse.

Thanks Again.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 08-12-2009 02:10 PM

Well done Scrappy, happy I could help ya out with the plans….

Huge? Hell ya, mine is almost taller than me with the light on top!! (ok, I’m vertically challenged)

I had to cut the windows in mine for two reasons;
1) I put a solar light in half way up for the inside
2) Lighthouse keeper was complaining that he couldn’t see outside :o)

Great Job!!

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#9 posted 08-15-2009 07:40 PM

Scrappy the lighthouse is a nice fit to the garden. Living on Long Island there are quite a few light houses here. I have always wanted to build one, I think I might give it a whirl.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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