I've been trying to figure out how to make the top for lighthouses and saw a bird feeder that looked great. I took a good look at it, got home, and went to work.
It's 8 sided so I use a 22.5 deg angle on most things. I started by ripping some 1 by 4" poplar to make the side posts using the TS set to 22.5 deg making triangular shaped pieces. I then used my RT with a 1/4" straight bit to form a groove in each side after cutting pieces 6" long.
I then set my new Ridgid sander up to make a compound angle on the tops of the side rails. A jig made from cutoffs from the top pieces was used for the initial angle, then I adjusted the table to 33 deg. Just a slight amount was taken off till the sanding line met with the routed slots.
The side panels are made from 1/4" oak ply cut in 2x2" squares for the bottom, and 2x1" for the top. 2x3" pieces of plexiglass make the windows.
The top is made from 1/4" oak ply cut into triangles 4 1/4" tall with a base of 3". I made a simple jig to ensure all pieces were the same height. I drew a line on the base plywood the jig was clamped to, and sanded them till they were the same. I will be making a jig to simply cut them correctly in the future.
Next step was to get the top pieces ready to glue together.
I put the sander table at 12 deg and brought the edges to the angle.
Now to join the roof pieces.
Painters tape was used to tape the edges together, then I flipped it over and ran beads of glue in the seams. Brushed it in good and put it together.
Now, here is a view of the test assembly. I can make a bird feeder out of it if I cut a bit from the bottom side panels. Put a cone in the bottom, and devise a way to make the roof easily removed.
I could also wire it up with a low voltage lamp in it. The bottom of the lighthouse is yet to come. I figure this one could be as tall as 4-5 feet.