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Blog entry by SuburbanDon posted 02-21-2012 08:38 PM 7116 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this birdhouse for an elderly woman friend. I will paint it off-white and my wife will paint one-stroke flowers on to it. This was more difficult than I thought. Lots of angles and I don’t have an accurate way to measure the angles on my table saw. So I had to creep up on what I wanted and still there are gaps here and there. Lessons learned: cut mirrored items together, measure and cut as I go.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 09:12 PM

Looks beautiful Don. I used to make birdhouses with only a table saw and some hand tools. I found that those darn birds were very destructive, so I started just painting a black hole and decorating them just like a real Victorian house. Used real roofing material and outdoor wood. I painted them and set them outside and sold them for about $45 about 20 years ago. Can’t wait to make a new batch.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 02-23-2012 06:13 PM

Good work and a nice design too Don. I usually just draw a full size picture of what I want without worrying about the resulting angles. Then I use a sliding bevel to take angles right off the drawing. I then use the sliding bevel to set up my miter gauge on the table saw or band saw. This usually gives me an accurate result (key work ‘usually’).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-23-2012 07:19 PM

I’ll have to try that next time. I use a portable DeWalt table saw and the blade is just a little bit wobbly. It’s hard to measure an angle. Maybe I need to mark the blade in one specific spot and come up with some kind of correction angle based on what angle it really cuts. Thanks for getting me to think about this anyway.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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