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My Wife's Lighthouse

  • August 6, 2014

vt80_1234
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My wife loves lighthouses so I built a model that is a compendium of many lighthouse styles and designs. I used scrap wood that I had by cutting and biscuit joining the pieces and then cutting and planing to needed sizes. I used epoxy to fill any imperfections (like knots) in the wood then finished sanded the wood. I used an outdoor primer before spray painting each piece. I had to build a jig to compound cut the main lighthouse sides. For the windows, there are slots in the sides of the walls and I made custom moldings with slots to hold the tops of the windows. I also made custom moldings to vertically hold the individual pieces together. The windows and doors are from a doll house, the doors have brass handles that I made from brass rod. The roof is shingled with real (doll house) shingles. The lighthouse is anchored into the ground with two 4' lengths of 1/2 threaded rod that was sharpened on one end to be able to drive it into the ground. The lighthouse is bolted to the threaded rod and recently withstood a heavy storm with 60+ mph winds. There are solar led lights in the top glass section but the solar cells are remotely mounted behind the lighthouse on stakes in the ground. The railing posts are just dowels with the ends rounded, the chain is from a hardware store. The lighthouse is primarily 3 sections so it could be moved and assembled on site. The middle section (white) has the lower deck attached to it but with blocks of wood that go into the lower base section (red) and the base is screwed into those blocks. The middle section also has the upper deck attached to it. The top section (blue) has wood block inside that were screwed to the upper deck. Then the roof was attached using a 1/2 threaded rod that is attached to the top section internally with a 2x6. I actually had more plans for the lighting in the top section but decided to finish the lighthouse instead. Construction used just about ever tool I have, table saw, power miter saw. circular saw, planer, sanders, cordless screwdrivers, angle measuring and probably a lot more that I can't recall. The best part is that my wife loves it.

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  • This is an incredible project that is not simple given all of the complex angles. The fit and finish is incredible. Love the detail. The best part is that the wife loves it. Great job!
    By mck005, on August 9, 2014

  • I think this lighthouse might be too small to signal ships properly but the angles and finish is great.
    By hvatum, on November 18, 2014

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My Wife's Lighthouse

by vt80_1234
Aug 06, 2014

My wife loves lighthouses so I built a model that is a compendium of many lighthouse styles and designs. I used scrap wood that I had by cutting and biscuit joining the pieces and then cutting and planing to needed sizes. I used epoxy to fill any imperfections (like knots) in the wood then finished sanded the wood. I used an outdoor primer before spray painting each piece. I had to build a jig to compound cut the main lighthouse sides. For the windows, there are slots in the sides of the walls and I made custom moldings with slots to hold the tops of the windows. I also made custom moldings to vertically hold the individual pieces together. The windows and doors are from a doll house, the doors have brass handles that I made from brass rod. The roof is shingled with real (doll house) shingles. The lighthouse is anchored into the ground with two 4' lengths of 1/2 threaded rod that was sharpened on one end to be able to drive it into the ground. The lighthouse is bolted to the threaded rod and recently withstood a heavy storm with 60+ mph winds. There are solar led lights in the top glass section but the solar cells are remotely mounted behind the lighthouse on stakes in the ground. The railing posts are just dowels with the ends rounded, the chain is from a hardware store. The lighthouse is primarily 3 sections so it could be moved and assembled on site. The middle section (white) has the lower deck attached to it but with blocks of wood that go into the lower base section (red) and the base is screwed into those blocks. The middle section also has the upper deck attached to it. The top section (blue) has wood block inside that were screwed to the upper deck. Then the roof was attached using a 1/2 threaded rod that is attached to the top section internally with a 2x6. I actually had more plans for the lighting in the top section but decided to finish the lighthouse instead. Construction used just about ever tool I have, table saw, power miter saw. circular saw, planer, sanders, cordless screwdrivers, angle measuring and probably a lot more that I can't recall. The best part is that my wife loves it.