I re-modeled the lantern design I want to use for my driveway gate project last night. The original model was just to simple solid — a cube sitting on a cube with a domed roof. It was fast to model so I could get the visual look I wanted, but it wasn’t something that had the details on fabrication.
I drew it up again as a series of sheet metal pieces joined together with rivets. This is pretty close to final, although I think I’ll do something to make the rivets on the faces of the lantern box symmetrical.
I need to order the low voltage lights for the two lanterns and the the street number so I can make sure everything is going to fit properly. Monday I’m hoping to go to Alan Steel to pick up some copper sheet, I expect that to be an unhappy experience for my wallet. I’ll probably only get enough to make the street number and finish that before I start making the lights.
For the main glass I’m going to use Wissmach Amber Iridized art glass:
Here is an exploded view of the the lantern body, it will be a great opportunity to practice driving solid rivets!