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Project of the Week: Lighthouse project is a bright idea

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
By Don and Dave Runyan Published: April 15, 2013

Featuring a working light, this do-it-yourself lighthouse project creates a welcoming beacon for any home port. The project's dramatic paint scheme, based on the historic Cape Hatteras lighthouse in North Carolina, creates a striking accent for any yard or garden.

Topped with a solar-powered garden light (available at most home and garden centers), the lighthouse requires no electricity. Other required materials include a single sheet of exterior plywood, three feet of dimensional lumber, a hardwood dowel, fasteners and some paint.

The project is easy enough for almost any builder to get great results. Modular construction, mostly straight cuts, full-size traceable patterns and a color chart for painting make it simple.

To build, trace the parts onto plywood, cut everything out and sand. Next, assemble and paint the base, tower and top separately. To finish, stack the three subassemblies, add the light and wait for the sun to go down.

The completed lighthouse is 22 inches in diameter at its widest point and stands about 64 inches tall.

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