Birdhouse - built by (with) my 4-yr old daughter

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Project by JoeinDE posted 05-24-2014 03:57 PM 1295 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter asked to build a birdhouse with me. This is a fairly simple design based loosely on a design found in Woodcraft magazine from last year. Cedar with a coat of walnut oil. I got the cedar planks at the big red and blue store and then resawed them on my bandsaw. After running the 1/2” boards through my planer they were mainly cut with the bandsaw. My daughter helped in every part of the operation (as much as a 4-yr old can). The finish was done completely by her. The house is sized for a bluebird.

Once the oil dries we’ll hang the thing from the maple in the backyard this weekend.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#1 posted 05-24-2014 04:40 PM

Very nice! I love seeing the kids getting involved! Nicely done and a special thank you to your daughter for sharing her great handy work! It’s a beautiful bird house!

Here is a site I use all the time when I want to find some info about the bluebirds. Enjoy!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 05-24-2014 04:47 PM

One more link for you! This page has free plans! Enjoy!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 05-24-2014 06:53 PM

She did a great job, and I’m sure you were very helpful. :)

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#4 posted 05-25-2014 12:09 AM

Great job Joe & Daughter !!!
(That’s starting them early. Smart !)

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 05-25-2014 01:37 AM

very nice design. glad to see a child get interested in woodworking with dads help.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#6 posted 05-25-2014 01:34 PM


That’s a great project to share with your daughter.

Your third picture should have been your lead picture. When they say; “a picture is worth a thousand words”, that picture says it all! cute.

-- John @

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#7 posted 05-25-2014 03:10 PM

Great job and always good to spend time with our kids in the shop.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 05-26-2014 05:37 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed Joe & Daughter! Thanks For Sharing.


-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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