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Project by thelt posted 05-04-2010 11:27 AM 1890 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son and I built three of these. I sold two and kept one. They were made from standard dimensional lumber and 3/4” plywood. The globe is a 1 gallon pickle jar turned upside down and seated in the wood mounting on it’s lid. The problem I had with them was condensation build up and the lid rusted out. I’m not sure how to solve that problem. Makes for a nice yard ornament. When it was finished it stood about 6’3” tall.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."





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JerryW43

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#1 posted 05-04-2010 12:10 PM

I love it. My wife is really into lighthouses. I want to build her one for our front yard. Any chance of getting a “Sketch-Up” and cutting list?

-- Jerry Walch, Westerlo, NY,

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degoose

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#2 posted 05-04-2010 01:02 PM

Should stop all shipping from running aground in your front yard…
Nice job..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Don "Dances with Wood" Butler

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#3 posted 05-04-2010 03:30 PM

If it were my project I’d put the jar on top directly in a shallow hole with silicone, and forget the lid. No matter what you do, it will rust.
Two holes in the wood in the mouth of the jar will provide enough ventillation to minimize condensation.
A small CFL lamp will last many years, so the need to open it up will be reduced, but the silicone seal could be broken without damaging the rest of the lighthouse.
Nice project.
I think I have to build one, too.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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thelt

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#4 posted 05-04-2010 04:01 PM

I’ve got the plan somewhere. I’ll see if I can find it.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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thelt

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#5 posted 05-04-2010 04:33 PM

jerryW, send me an email address and I’ll send you the plans for the lighthouse. Don if you want them send me your email address too.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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JerryW43

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#6 posted 05-04-2010 04:42 PM

I just DMed you my email address but here it is again jerrywesterlo@aim.com

Thanks! My wife saw the pictures and now she chomping at the bit for one. I’m thinking about making one change to it though. I’m thinking about installing a rotating beacon using a small parabolic reflector powered by a low-voltage 1 RPM motor and using high-intensity LEDs for the light source.

-- Jerry Walch, Westerlo, NY,

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Don "Dances with Wood" Butler

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#7 posted 05-04-2010 04:44 PM

Thanks, but I never have worked from plans.
That is to say, plans other people make.
I do fairly well with 2D CAD and SketchUp and I design my own projects, even if I get the idea from somebody else.
I hope you don’t mind me designing lighthouse based on what I see in your post!

d

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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JerryW43

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#8 posted 05-04-2010 04:59 PM

Hey, Don “Dances with Wood.” I checked out your profile and it sounds like we have a lot in common. I grew up on a farm and like most farm boys of my days I learned to be a Jack of all Trades but unlike most of my peers I went on to master a few. I spent forty something years in the electrical trades doing residential, commercial, and industrial electrical work. I was bit by the writers bug some thirty-five years ago and soon mastered that-well, I did if anyone can really say they mastered freelance writing. Today I earn a living by writing for the DIY markets. I love photography and have used this about every kind of camera known to mankind but today I shoot mostly with Nikon DSLRs. I’ve been hooked on photography ever since I received a Kodak box camera for my ninth birthday. I tried freelancing for a while but just couldn’t make a go of it.

I do a pretty good job with 2D CAD but I’m still struggling with Sketch-Up.

-- Jerry Walch, Westerlo, NY,

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Don "Dances with Wood" Butler

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#9 posted 05-04-2010 05:30 PM

Jerry,
Freelance photography is one tough job. Few have the grit to make a go of it. I didn’t.
I’ve always entertained the notion that I could write, but I haven’t given it enough attention to “master” it.
SketchUp has a steep learning curve, but is a joy once you “master” it!
Best regards,
Don “not too far from your place” Butler

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#10 posted 05-05-2010 02:22 AM

Cool lighthouse. My wife loves these.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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jack1

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#11 posted 05-05-2010 03:04 AM

I was lost in a fog until… Nice work.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 05-05-2010 03:09 AM

This is a nice one. I like the idea. Maybe one day I will build one

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thelt

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#13 posted 05-05-2010 12:33 PM

DonJoe, let me know if you want a copy of the plans.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#14 posted 05-07-2010 03:49 AM

Nice job, I collect light houses as a hobby but have not thought of making one.

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#15 posted 02-01-2012 09:05 PM

EXCELLENT! Very cool..

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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