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    Re: Lighthouse Build Ideas?

    I like all the input.I was wondering if there is any way to use some pvc 3' to 4 long ..add a base and something on the top and basically dress it up and it look ok ? Im just trying to make it as simple and inexpensive as possible ...hoping to find a piece of pvc somewhere...(Neighbor works for the city so thats a possibility.Just thinking) If I did the birdsmouth joint (which I want to try in the future) Id have to buy a router bit.....but mainly I am pushed for time and dont have time for the the experimenting...

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    Re: Lighthouse Build Ideas?

    I guess you could use PVC although that would make an untapered round lighthouse.

    You don't need a router bit in order to use the birdsmouth method. You can do this on the table saw with a dado stack. What I have already drawn is about 34 in. tall overall and the long tapered sides could be gotten out of 1x6 stock.
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    Re: Lighthouse Build Ideas?

    You might want to ask whether he is thinking the lighthouse will be displayed indoors or outdoors (yard decoration).

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    Re: Lighthouse Build Ideas?

    My table saw ain’t too good...definitely out doors

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    Re: Lighthouse Build Ideas?

    If you want to make it out of wood and you want to use the birdsmouth method and you have a dado set, I can help you design a simple jig for your tablesaw. Actually, I have most of the work done already.
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    Re: Lighthouse Build Ideas?

    Mike,
    A couple years back I was going through a Habitat ReStore and saw these 5' wooden columns that were round, tapered and hollow. I was looking at them wondering what I could do with them, so for 10 bucks for the pair I grabbed them. A couple weeks later my wife wanted a lighthouse for the yard, these things were perfect for the main body, I just cut a foot from the bottom and top then added bases and the top pieces. I wish I had a photo to share, but I'm really bad at that.
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    Re: Lighthouse Build Ideas?

    Dave I may take you up on that.(My tablesaw is one of the Delta combination drill press,jointer and tablesaw.The saw does work I just havent used it since I brought it home.Blade probably needs changing.

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    Re: Lighthouse Build Ideas?

    Jim I think I will swing by our Habitat and just see what I might find.

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    Re: Lighthouse Build Ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim M. View Post
    Mike,
    A couple years back I was going through a Habitat ReStore and saw these 5' wooden columns that were round, tapered and hollow. I was looking at them wondering what I could do with them, so for 10 bucks for the pair I grabbed them. A couple weeks later my wife wanted a lighthouse for the yard, these things were perfect for the main body, I just cut a foot from the bottom and top then added bases and the top pieces. I wish I had a photo to share, but I'm really bad at that.


    Wow! That’s a great idea.

    Ironically, our local Habitat also has had some of those columns but never knew how to use them.

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    Re: Lighthouse Build Ideas?

    BC62FB52-DA8A-463B-8256-61FEF5031127.jpegThe Winfield collection has the plans for under $10. I tried to post the picture. Site Problems.

    I got the picture to post. There are 10 different lighthouse plans plus the the hardware for the light.
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    Re: Lighthouse Build Ideas?

    Mike, I lifted this from a 2006 NCWW post.

    http://www.lhdigest.com/digest/Photopage.cfm?Photo=6034

    You probably won’t want to show it to your neighbor.

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    Re: Lighthouse Build Ideas?

    Oh my thats nice but I ain't building that

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    Re: Lighthouse Build Ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by TENdriver View Post
    Mike, I lifted this from a 2006 NCWW post.

    http://www.lhdigest.com/digest/Photopage.cfm?Photo=6034

    You probably won’t want to show it to your neighbor.
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