Craftsman Bungalow Restoration #5: Birdhouses for everyone

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 06-17-2007 04:51 PM 3113 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Brick by Brick Part 5 of Craftsman Bungalow Restoration series Part 6: Shingled Out »

This is not exactly a restoration story. But it explains a bit about what is to come.


By this time we had taken our first woodworking class. I had gotten a little interested in woodworking by a book my mom had given me. We had also started shopping for furniture and seen how expensive it was. Around the house I had built a fence and a small garden bench.

At a garden store one day we saw a cute little bird house for around $25.

“I bet I can make that,” I said. One fence board and some extra paint later….

I was about to quit woodworking after destroying a small bookend project by drilling agressively. That was when I decided to take a class. Best woodworking decision ever. The commute was hellish and the class was tiring: a two hour drive after work with rush hour traffic, and then four hours of woodworking till ten.

During this time I bought my first router (PC 890 kit) and a table saw (Ridgid 2400LS) to work on projects at home. My father in law had given me a starter jigsaw and circular saw and I had a cheap plane or two. My wife didn’t yell at me when I bought the table saw and even let me keep it in the living room for about six months.

I built the red blue chair too during this time.

Bigger Birdhouse

I decided to build a shed one day.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 06-17-2007 06:15 PM

See from

“I can do that?”

“I can do that!!”

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 06-17-2007 08:56 PM

HHmmmm….curioser and curioser…..I’ve followed much the same path…..I even made the same chair, or at least similar…:)
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I like your shed Giz.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 06-17-2007 10:33 PM

Bob… I saw this in your video… Where did you get the plans?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#4 posted 06-17-2007 11:01 PM

wow… from a birdhouse to a CHAIR and then a SHED !!!!! I’m impressed…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 06-18-2007 06:29 AM

Thanks Debbie… There’s one an even bigger “birdhouse” coming…

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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