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Project by KeepOnLearnin posted 01-05-2016 04:05 PM 1293 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to Thepps posting his Landscape Lighting Lanterns project, I made a few for my house. Just got tired of replacing those cheap (expensive!) fixtures found in big box stores every year or so. Besides, I need to build up some buildin’ skills. Other than using LEDs, I pretty much stuck to the original plans from Woodsmith #141.

Pressure-treated 4×4 post and cap with Cedar stain. Cedar for the lanterns treated with several coats of Seafin, then a few coats of semi-gloss poly. A friend gave me some copper post toppers that I wasn’t going to use, but I made the mistake of using a different source for the PT cap on one of them. It did not match the colors at all after staining, so the copper caps came in handy.

I put the first one on a pole behind the patio fence just so I could see how it looks. The lady decreed that it shall stay there – so shall it be. Made three more for the front sidewalk (pic shows two of them plus one of the broken commercial lights). I also had to stop in the middle of that project to plant flags in the yard for aerating. Figured I’d bury the wires afterwards.

Sorry I didn’t get pics during the build, but this was my first dive into anything as intricate as these and I just wanted to get ‘em done. Only now she wants to put more in the back yard. Leaves me wondering if I’ll ever get around to making a workbench.

-- Mark - Keep-On-Learnin' :)





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#1 posted 01-05-2016 04:48 PM

Very nice looking lights. Always fun to get out of the comfort zone and tackle something new.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 01-05-2016 08:45 PM

YOUR RIGHT IM OUT REPLACING EXPENSIVE LIGHTS EVERY 2-3 YEARS THESE LOOK FANTASTIC I LOVE THE LOOK THANKS FOR POSTING IM GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE SOME OF THESE AND THANKS FOR THE SUPPLY INFO WILL SAVE ME A LOT OF TIME

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 01-05-2016 11:00 PM

Mark, they are very attractive. “The lady” has good taste. :)

-- Art

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#4 posted 01-06-2016 01:02 AM

Yes, very nice looking outdoor lamps! Much better looking that you can get at the stores!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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