Two Last Rock of Ages Lighthouses

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-13-2011 02:25 AM 1717 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two Rock of Ages replica lighthouses made at a scale of 119:1 to the original one situated in the Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior. I chose that scale from the pictures I took and literature that I found on its dimensions to bring it to it final size. The pinnacle and the bottle portion are made of maple and the larger base is made of box elder. The bottom plate is red oak with Z 120 stain. I first turned two bottle portions out of box elder, but it gets too fuzzy when you mill in the windows. The windows and doors were milled in with a 3/32” end mill using the holding fixture for the first group. Each one has three wire railings made from brass rod and copper wire soldered together. The brass name plates are touch switches wired to 4 level dimmer control boxes from Menards.
The round shelf under the light is 1” copper tubing with a copper ring soldered on. The top lighting rod and horizontal flag holders are steel and the boom is brass and copper .

I had previously made 4 of these lighthouses. One was sold and the other 2 were gifts to one individual who ordered one of these last ones.These are the last 2 lighthouses I plan to make of this style. I am out of the round glass tubes I got from an art instructor somewhere in Delaware.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 10-13-2011 03:01 AM

My hat is off to you. These are great lighthouses. Keep one for your grandkids…

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

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#2 posted 10-13-2011 04:05 AM

Don’t let my wife see these. lol

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 10-13-2011 05:12 AM

Your talents are never ending ;) These are beautiful and would be a welcomed gift for anyone that enjoys lighthouses. Great Job, Jim!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 10-13-2011 11:39 AM

Great looking light houses Jim, would be a good collectors item. You sure have some talent with the different
projects our do.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 10-13-2011 12:09 PM

Nice job on the lighthouses, I might have to steal that design !!!

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#6 posted 10-13-2011 01:02 PM

Those look fantastic!
I’ve always wanted to get up to Isle Royale. Hopefully in the next couple years.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#7 posted 10-13-2011 02:02 PM

Very nice work !!! Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#8 posted 10-14-2011 07:04 AM

There’s a bright idea. Nice job Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 10-16-2011 01:22 AM

They are just wonderful Jim.
Yes you really are a man of many talents; this was a new side of you again.
As a architect I have build many models and have always loved this part of the job, so i can really follow and appreciate your work here.
That is really well made!
Best thoughts my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 10-16-2011 11:40 AM

Hi Jim, as usual your work is very creative, you are blessed to have such a wonderful talent.

Thanks for sharing Jim

-- When you know better you do better.

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