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The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
and on its outer point, some miles away,
the lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I took it upon myself to tear apart an tealight lamp and turn it into an electrical light fixture. I tore out the candle holder with a hacksaw and built a small receptacle for an electric light...with the on/off switch on an electrical cord. This will be the light on the top of the lighthouse.
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I measured wood pieces and marked them, Bud cut and sanded them. We both put them together piece by piece allowing the wood glue to hold the dowel in place...while measuring, marking, sawing and sanding another. Once the shelving unit was complete and dried, we then tackled the top fixture. The wooden platform and 'railing' on top of the light house. Bud took a smaller piece of dowel and cut, drilled holes into the platform, measured and glued it all together. He used very minuscule dowel [about the size of a toothpick] to attach the dowel railing to the upright 'stanchions'. [photo above shows the unfinished wood...had to test it to see how it looked in the room] After it was completely dried overnight, I took it outdoors and stained it. Two coats. Waiting another day for that to dry completely and then varnished it with valspar spray varnish. The next day, it was attaching the light fixture. It's done. An open lighthouse with shelves. It's a five story lighthouse now, [approximately 5 feet high and about 1 foot wide --also, it's a corner shelving unit in case I want to move it sometime into a corner on the wall] - holding the rest of my dolphins. I apologize in advance of the poor quality of the following photos. They were taken with my new cellphone that has no flash...
Finished railing on light platform
Dolphin on a shelf
Lighthouse ala Dolphins
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Today, the 18th of March, is our annual ritual of celebrating sisterhood. My sister and I, over the years, have toasted each other and sent a small gift to revel in being sisters and best friends!! Even if we're not living near...we go out at a synchronized time [taking into consideration the time zones] and lift a glass of champagne [we both have identical glasses also] and sip to our ya ya sisterhood!! Happy Sister's Day Sharon!! With all my heart!