Dad & Son Birdhouse Project

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Project by Dale J Struhar Sr posted 01-23-2015 10:15 PM 1401 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As you know by my bio I attribute allot of my skills to my Dad. With this in mind I thought I would give my grandsons a project that their dad had to help them with and to give them their first grownup tool a multi bit screwdriver. The rest included everything they need to finish it. Even a small sanding block. I thought a birdhouse kit would be a good project. I cut, fitted all the pieces, pre-drilled all the holes, and assembled it. When I took it apart I labeled all the parts right or left, front/back, glue areas, etc. Then I made detailed instructions, with pictures, for its assembly (all writing is inside). The instructions also told dad to explain what dia., in., dowel, flush, etc. meant when helping them. I also used all pocket hole screws because it easier to use a square drive than phillips head, the kids don’t have to push as hard to get the screw in. I even made a kit for Luca who’s not even 2 yrs. old yet. It will be put away till he’s old enough for it. They should have fun working on it together. Here are some pictures. Thanks for looking.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#1 posted 01-23-2015 10:45 PM

It ‘a duty to teach children the love
for woodworking, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 11:02 PM

It a duty to teach children the love
for woodworking, compliments.

- mariva57

Couldn’t have said it better….Well done Dale !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 11:11 PM

There is nothing better than a birdhouse to get a young’un started in woodworking.
Great project!

-- Ed

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#4 posted 01-24-2015 12:01 AM

A very neat idea Dale. That’s the way to get em started for sure.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 01-24-2015 12:14 AM

Good job Grandpa! I’m sure they’ll remember it for a long time!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 01-24-2015 01:03 AM

This is a great idea! A gift for child and Dad.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 01-24-2015 01:04 AM

great idea I will have to give something like that a try need 14 Thanks

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#8 posted 01-24-2015 02:13 AM

Beautiful idea….way to go!

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#9 posted 01-24-2015 12:17 PM

Great idea, Great project, you and kids will always remember putting it together.

-- " If you want your PRAYERS to be answered" get off your knees and go to work

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#10 posted 01-24-2015 06:41 PM

Have to agree with all the posters here what a great gift idea this is. Very special! Thanks for posting.

-- Glue-up is still the stage when everything that was perfect in dry-fit goes horribly wrong, but I'm working on it.

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#11 posted 01-24-2015 08:41 PM

Well said guys I should just like to add you are truly a wise and very kind gentleman too.I know where your coming from as I adore my wife sons and grandchildren . Have fun brother.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 01-25-2015 09:58 PM

Wonderful project for your grandkids Dale. I like the kit with the tools and materials included in one package. The kids are sure to love this project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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