Just for Fun... #15: A Quick Assembly and the inevitable Finishing Slow Down...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 05-16-2010 10:25 PM 1470 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After blasting out the parts for the new Birdhouse last week on the band saw,Parts for a new Birdhouse
The assembly went just as quickly. The parts were taken home, the necessary access hole added, a top post/hanging bracket fashioned, and pilot holes were drilled for the attachment of the slats for the roof.Attaching the roof to the BirdhouseDetail of Pinning process
I forgot how much fun building a birdhouse can be!! They’re for the birds, after all, and they will never be overly critical… :)
With the assembly finished, it was on to the finishing department… My first thought was to paint the thing completely, but the Oak is too nice looking to cover completely. So I decided to paint just the roof…
The first coat was a primer coat and left it looking pretty dull and flat…Birdhouse after first coat of paint
The slow down of waiting for paint to dry, combined with the interference of the day job, made it impossible to add another coat until yesterday…Applying second coat of paint
Now that’s what I’m talking about, and it looks every bit as good today! I’ll wait until that dries completely, sand off my drips, and then polyurethane the whole thing… Truth be told, I’ll probably be at this finishing business for another week…
But while I was in “Finishing Mode” I revisited my last box project. I wasn’t altogether pleased with the finish on it, so I went ahead and added a coat of spray-on poly to all the sides…Finishing the Finish
I’m a lot happier with it now… :)Ready for Gift GivingLatest box after final finishing

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 05-16-2010 10:34 PM

Very cute looking birdhouse Mike.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-16-2010 10:39 PM

well done there yung’un .

sure to please all manner of fluttery things !

what keeps the roof from leaking between the slats ?

that inlay-ed table you work on is to die for !

a real find !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 11:51 PM

This is such a cool design, really nice

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#4 posted 05-16-2010 11:58 PM

thats a very cool looking birdhouse. definitely looks like fun to make

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 05-17-2010 12:34 AM

That is one very nice birdhouse!
Love the design… you and Grizzman should go into the birdhouse business together!
Love those hinges on the box.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 05-17-2010 12:44 AM

Mike, looking good…

Patron, birds live in the rain, roofs allowed to leak!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#7 posted 05-17-2010 12:59 AM

bob ,
i’ve lived in the rain plenty ,
but it sure is nice to be dry ,
and not sleep in a soggy nest .
some birds in the know might like it too (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 05-17-2010 01:43 AM

Thanks Everybody! I changed the design a little, but mostly copied the one that was there…A birdhouse that has seen better days...
Where the sides were perpendicular on that one, I canted the sides on the one I made, to give my feathered friends a bit more room. The bottom pivots in the middle for clean-out, but it’s been my experience the birds usually throw out last years nest anyway… On the leaky roof controversy: As a confirmed birdbrain, I can only add that if the birds didn’t have these fashionable digs to move into, they would probably be nesting in the nearest shrub!! They don’t seem to mind the elements…
When I used to walk to work downtown, I’d have to cross over the mighty Merrimac River to get there… On the coldest days, crossing the bridge, -20° F with a 30 mph wind blowing, I’d look out and there would be ducks and seagulls placidly paddling around in the water!! Brrr!! Gives me chills just to think about it… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 05-17-2010 02:36 AM

Nice home for some of your fowl friends. LOL

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 05-17-2010 02:55 AM

Great Job, Mike!

I know your Dad is smiling down on this one!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 05-17-2010 03:10 AM

Very nice Mike.

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#12 posted 05-17-2010 04:50 AM

Looks great and fun too

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#13 posted 05-17-2010 06:25 AM

Bird lover is not bird brained my friend. Remember they live in trees that give us much of our inspiration! I feed the birds here at my wooded home & just today had to move some plywood to let a Robin out of the shop. They are our “wild pets” The birdhouse looks fantastic, thanks for building it & sharing too.

-- $tudie

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#14 posted 05-17-2010 04:25 PM

Looking good, Mike. I’m sure the birds will love it.

I tend to agree finishing can be really slow and a pain in the butt to boot.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 05-18-2010 07:51 PM

In Detroit you can find birds nest made entirely out of cigarette cellophane wrap. Even the birds are ghetto down there. I’m sure they’d love a Luxury Suite by Mike or even a rustic lodge by David.

Bob, I hope that that was a challenge to David to see what kind of birdhouse he might be able to come up with…. I know that I’d love to see what he’d put together with a little bit of thought and his skills. Just sayin’;-)

-- Cheers and God Bless

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