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.
The Cape Lighthouse plan, No. 941, is $10.95 and includes detailed step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size patterns, a shopping list, a cutting schedule and layout and a toll-free help line for project questions.
A package of lighthouse plans, No. C159, is $24.95 and includes this plan plus plans for two other lighthouses. A free catalog picturing dozens of projects is also available. Please include $4 per order for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.
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