Wooden Lamppost with Hand Carved Street Address

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Project by toddbeaulieu posted 01-02-2014 06:52 PM 3063 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry the pictures aren’t that great.

I made this lamppost for the front yard. I do NOT believe in PVC for things like this, since my house is approximately 290 years old. I don’t like the look of plastic.

(heck, I ripped down the aluminum gutters and installed cedar and fir)

I built this from poplar, which personally I enjoy working with, even though it’s a bit “pedestrian”. The arch is reclaimed cedar. I knew it would be painted well for protection, so I figured it would be good enough. It’s a box construction. I embedded two metal strips sticking out at the bottom to anchor into the concrete. The conduit runs up into the post.

For some reason I decided to use spanish cedar for the hanging sign, which I now feel is a waste of nice wood since, again, it was painted. But I had some available. I hand carved the address and then used a gold leaf paint, as I’ve done before with good results. I debated a border around the sign, but in the end decided to keep it simple.

I installed a vintage copper lamp that I had to make some repairs to, including adjusting how high the bulb sits to make it more prominent. You can get vintage looking bulbs, which I love the look of. You can actually see the filament from the street, so it looks old.

Finally, I installed the 120v line through buried conduit and also a low voltage feed. I haven’t hooked it up yet, but I have the LV power supply that will let me install lights shining on the sign, and/or other accent lights out front. I added an electrical outlet to the back side of the base, as well as a special sealed LV box.

I’m very happy with the results. It looks perfect for the house, IMO. What did NOT work out so well was the mitered trim around the base. Upon later inspection I found the joints separating. I had to add a bunch of Lexel and repaint to correct. I’m not sure what to do in the future, but clearly outdoor structures are more difficult to build.

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 07:11 PM

Very nicely done. The aesthetics of the post, sign and lamp blend nicely and are appropriate for house that old.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 07:51 PM

Nicely executed, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 08:26 PM

Love it! So much nicer than some of the “contractor grade” ones sold on the market.

-- Todd, the Tool Man -

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 04:46 PM

Thanks guys!

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