Lighthouse Project

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Project by MLK posted 07-25-2011 11:30 PM 1443 views 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Friends of ours vacationed last summer on the Oregon cost, while looking at some of the lighthouse she decided a lighthouse would-be an ideal place to display a 3 lens rotating light that her mom used when she was growing up. And it would real look nice next to there pool. When they got home she gave me some pictures of one and asked me if I could build one for them.

The lighthouse tower was a hexagon and was the biggest challenge. After measuring the diameter of the light I was able to determined what the inside diameter of the tower had to be. With this information I was able make a detail drawing on my cad program. The tower itself was over 6 feet high and the over height is 7 feet +.

The base of the lighthouse is made of redwood, the frame is made from Douglas Fur 2×4 that was milled down to 1 ½ squires. The 1 ½ squires that was used for the tower had 30 deg angles milled 90 deg from each other, there are 5 of them, the roof is also 30 deg and had to be fitted around the tower.

The exterior is made from cedar. The siding and roof was made from cedar fencing that was milled to 3/8 thickness and a ½” opposing rabbits were cut to allow a ½ over lap on both the siding and roof. The siding on the tower was made from 4” x ¼ cedar paneling used to line closets. A total of 70 pieces were used all cut at 30 deg angles on the ends, were the siding met the roof a 30 deg angle was cut on three sides. On the back I installed a weather proof outlet for the electrical wiring and on the inside of the tower I installed a remote control so the light so it can turned on and off from inside the house, it took 5 months to complete.

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#1 posted 07-26-2011 05:07 AM

Thats a nice job. I like the remote control feature. It will make the pool area unique.

-- Wilson

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