24 common cedar board. Get one 8-footer to make the center post and lantern arm. 16 clear cedar boards. Get two 8-foot lengths to clad the post. 210 clear cedar board. Get one 6-footer to wrap the base of the post. construction adhesive 2- and 2½-inch-long finishing nails for a pneumatic nailer ⅜-inch hardwood dowel ⅜-inch-diameter spade bit waterproof carpenter's glue to glue dowel rods in place polyurethane glue for mitered joints on the decorative base 100-grit disks for the random-orbit sander 1-inch screw hook for hanging the lantern or light fixture copper candle lantern low-voltage land-scape light fixture (optional) transformer (optional) 12-volt cable (optional) cable staples (optional)
Tools You Will Need:
1. sliding-compound miter saw
3. circular saw to cut wiring channel
4. ¾-inch chisel to clear waste wood from wiring channel
6. combination square
7. caulking gun
8. pneumatic finishing nailer
9. flush-cutting handsaw to trim dowel rods
10. 3-pound sledgehammer to set lamppost
11. 2-foot level
12. random-orbit sander
If you're looking for a stylish and original way to spruce up your home's landscaping, well, look to the right. This outdoor lighting project is deceptively simple to build. Made of rot-resistant western red cedar, the fixture consists of a 2x4 center post to anchor it, a horizontal arm to hold the lantern, and 1x6 cladding that yokes the 2x4s together and creates attractive shadow lines. Fitted with a handsome copper-and-glass candle lantern, it exudes Zen-like beauty day and night.
This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers installed our lamppost along a garden path but says its proportions would complement virtually any outdoor space, from a patio to a water feature. Turn the page to see how it comes together. And if you'd prefer to wire the lamppost for low-voltage lighting, he shows how to do that, too.
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