I have had alot of folks how do I make the cedar birdhouses. These are really easy and hopefully these pics will help. As they say, a pic is worth 1000 words, and Im not much on typing. LOL If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask.
Start with a shorter piece of log, whatever type you want to use will work. I do ALOT of cedar, as I have LOTS of it on my farm, it last a really long time, and its easy to turn. Did I mention, its free, which happens to be my favorite price.
After I turn a bit and get it somewhat round, I kinda figure out what I want the base and top to look like. No real magic here on this part. LOL I usually go near half way up the stick and start with taking more off the bottom half. I always make the bottom part of the birdhouse smaller that the bottom part of the top half. After I have finished the bottom part, I will take a parting tool, and turn the top of the bottom part down a bit more about 1/2” to 1” down from the top. Then I will take out a space between the bottom part and the top part. I will then take out part of the bottom of the top half. This is important so the bottom half of the birdhouse can fit into the top half of the birdhouse. I turn the top half and make sure I have a wide bottom end and taper up from there. No two birdhouses are every exactly the same. The last thing I do before I take it off the lathe, is the sanding, as this is MUCH easier to do on the lathe.
After I have it all shaped up the way I want, I take it to the band saw and cut it apart. I use a chisel to clean up the bottom a bit, and usually hit it with a sander.
Being as how I dont have a tool to hollow out the bottom half of the birdhouse on the lathe, I put it in a jig that I made just for this, and head to the drill press.
After I get the inside drilled out, I then drill a 1 1/2” in the front just over half way up the bottom half for the birds to get into their new house.
After all the drilling is done, then I do the final sanding on any areas that may need touching up. Then I break out the old faithful, Gorilla glue and put it around the top of the bottom half, and then put the top half onto the bottom and let the glue do its magic. After the glue drys, its time to install a eye hook in the top and put a finish on tweety’s new home.
I hope this helps some folks out. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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