We inherited a parakeet with an unfortunate attitude from some people who I thought were friends. My wife, being the compassionate and free spirited person that she is, acquired a mate for the bird, thinking that this might help her disposition. She then commenced to letting the little tyrant and her henpecked little subject out of their small cage on a daily basis to freely wreak havoc on the sun porch. They are destructive little devils.
This is Fidela Castro (blue) and Johnny Mercer (yellow). I call them Dam Frances, after the person who inflicted her on us, and Johnny Rotten.
After the third or fourth time they refused to return to their cage for the night (they are not easy to round up), I struck a deal wherein I would build them a larger habitat in exchange for their permanent incarceration.
This is the result of this deal. My wife wants to tell her side. I told her to get her own blog.
I rescued an old end table from an uncertain demise.
This is the finished project.
The drawer is also the bottom of the cage and can be removed to facilitate cleaning. The drawer sides extend through the drawer front where I shaped pulls. I always wondered if this would work out.
I pegged the drawer sides to the front, top and bottom, with 1/4” dowel.
Hand cut dovetails at the rear of the drawer case.
The finish I am not completely happy with. I guess it is okay for what it’s for, but it was really an experiment.
I first sealed the pine with thinned shellac then used an oil based stain (walnut) and the another two layers of shellac. Kind of an antique finish I guess you could call it.
Overall, I think everyone is happy. Although, the birds will not be relocated until tomorrow.
We shall see.
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