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Laborious Lighthouse

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Project by drewpy posted 11-16-2017 01:03 PM 701 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was out in my woodshop looking at all of my scrap and decided I would build a lighthouse for beside the fireplace. It was an adventure. There were many angle calculations, bevel cuts, delicate details and a lot of patience involved. I built a jig to cut the base at about a 3 degree taper over 22 inches. The total height, to the tip of the lightning rod, is 40 inches.

Scratching my head

I used a wide vase turned upside down for the lamp room. The service room directly underneath is 16 sided (hexadecgon – pic #4)) to make more of a circle around the glass. I used ball chain from a ceiling fan pull on the galley.

Mocking things up using poster board.

This was all made using what I had laying around. Plywood mostly, walnut for the vertical partitions around the vase, oak, and some balsa wood for the door detail. I did leave the oak unpainted so there was a little natural wood showing. I wish I had some teak! Picture #5 is before the finish was applied.

Getting close!

Finding light bulb that would look decent and not produce heat was somewhat of a challenge. I found this cylinder shaped LED and it will work for now. It’s soft white and produces too many lumens. Honestly, I will probably never have it lit up but wanted to make if functional. I do have a 7.5W nightlight bulb (39 lumens) that will also work for now if I decide to keep it lit. I will keep looking for a bright white, low lumens, cool looking bulb.

We have light!

If I ever build another one, I think I will make some type of rotating beacon for the light. I also thought about cutting out the windows and adding light inside the tower. I would probably line the windows with parchment paper to mute the light shining though producing a very nice amber glow.

Drew

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".





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majuvla

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#1 posted 11-16-2017 03:05 PM

This is realy a masterpiece! Either regarding details or magnificand blue/white colours. Electric parts are only ’’show off’’ plus.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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drewpy

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#2 posted 11-16-2017 03:49 PM

Thanks Ivan. Planning out all the cuts and deminsions was 1/2 the work.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#3 posted 11-16-2017 09:08 PM

Wow Drew! This is magnificent!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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drewpy

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#4 posted 11-16-2017 10:01 PM

Thanks Jerry. I learned a lot and it was a fun project.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#5 posted 11-17-2017 12:51 AM

My wife wants one now…

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drewpy

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#6 posted 11-17-2017 01:12 AM

Dannmarks – If I figure out the beacon before you finish, I will pass on the information.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#7 posted 11-17-2017 02:23 AM

Excellent build!!! A real masterpiece!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 11-17-2017 03:46 AM

Thanks Woodbutcher.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#9 posted 11-18-2017 12:48 PM

Beautiful ! Here’s one of mine

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#10 posted 11-23-2017 01:18 AM

And Drew said”let there be a lighthouse.” And after figuring out he had to make it, he did! Congratulations and thanks for en lightening us! Happy Thanksgiving.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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