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Default Lighthouse ver 2.0

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.

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Really nice work Mike. I would use it as a outdoor lamp, but my wife would like it as a bird feeder. Post more pictures when it's all done
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Very clever Mike but what happened to the photographs? I still intend to make a lighthouse as per you're thread of some months ago.

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Hi Mike

You are getting it down..I look forward to seeing your jig ...

Nice job buddy

You and John C. should talk (the bird house man) he may have a jig he can share with you.

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Great job Mike! Keep us up to date on your progress.

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Clever Mike. Keep the pics rolling in.




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Nice work Mike , i can,t wait to see it complete.

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Looking good Mike. Keep up the good work.

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Well, I finally got to a point where I can say the top is done.

I first glued in the bottom panels then prime and finish painted it. Then the windows went in, and the prepainted top panels were slid into the slots. The top panels will remain loose so the windows can be replaced if ever needed.





To attach the top, I cut 3/8" off the inside tops of 4 of the columns. A piece of plywood was cut to fit and screwed down. A 3" screw goes through the roof, and a finial holds it in place.


Now I'm working on the base. It will be 4' tall and 8 sided.
The side panels will be 9" on the bottom and 3 1/2" on the top.

Time to make some more sawdust.

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Looking good Mike. Please keep us posted.




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