Garden Lighthouse

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Project by plantek posted 555 days ago 3081 views 18 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to make a garden lighthouse for a couple years now. By chance I was looking through a tool catalog that I got from of all places, my wood turning club meeting and found a nice plan for a lighthouse
I bought the plans about a year ago and finally got around to building it.
It is 4’ tall with a 18 1/2” base and made out of marine grad ply with Oak trim and a pine base. I used biscuit construction and generous amounts of exterior glue. The finish is milk paint with multiple coats of exterior satin poly. I used glass to protect the solar beacon light which can be set to static or rotate. I turned the finial myself but bought the 6 pegs used as columns for the railing.
The solar panel (not pictured) is triangle shaped and fits atop one of the roof panels.
It was a fun project and will be fun to see in the garden this spring. For now it is in our patio until I make a little clearing for it in the garden.
Thanks for looking…

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#1 posted 555 days ago

That will make a beautiful garden ornament and it looks like it would be fun to build. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 555 days ago

My mother would like one these for her garden, maybe for Christmas. Thanks for posting.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 555 days ago

Awesome!!! My sister loves light houses.
She wants me to make one, but I am unsure how to go about it! Thanks!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 555 days ago

This is so cool. I always like looking light houses. I grew in Michigan and pent alot of time on the Great Lakes. I realy like the color. Tell me more about the light seems interesting. Great job buddy. A very cool post….

Sorry I just saw the link to the light… Cking it mow.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 555 days ago

Looks Great! I agree with Ken, i dig the colors as well. My mother has always wanted one of these but I’m not accurate enough with miter cut yet to tackle one yet though.

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#6 posted 554 days ago

Excelent work!! Beatifull!! The garden will bright!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#7 posted 554 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments.
Ken: Being a West Coast native I love light houses too. Pigeon Point is my favorite one here. Every new year I have to buy a calendar with light houses… go figure.
The milk paint is from Woodcraft. Slate blue with the Oyster white trim. It gives it an authentic look. Really neat stuff. I used varithane waterbased exterior satin poly over it.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#8 posted 554 days ago

i like that ,very cool and great job

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#9 posted 554 days ago

I like it,
I have needed something to cover up my water well head and electrical boxes in the yard. I think I will enlarge your design and then make it more of a wind mill but include the light feature. It is in my favorites to refer back to.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 554 days ago

nice lighthouse….I like your finish. I made one just like that a few years ago…I , too, enjoyed the project!


-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#11 posted 554 days ago

Nice work! I think it would look good in my garden, I will send address for you… (Laughing)

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

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#12 posted 554 days ago

Such attention to detail on an outdoor project, such magnificence, the squirrels will be re-enacting the opening scenes from 2001. A great build, thanks for posting.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#13 posted 554 days ago

Cool lighthouse plantek.

it certainly will be a focal point in the garden.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 554 days ago

Wonderful job, thought about building one, got me interested again, Thank you for sharing.

-- Pete in NC

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#15 posted 553 days ago

Great looking lighthouse! It’s going to look great in your backyard!

Question, though: Does the solar panel keep the light lit all night, or just for a couple of hours?

-- Dean

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