A Birdhouse

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Project by greg48 posted 02-07-2015 09:06 PM 1390 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was approached about a week ago inquiring if I could build a birdhouse for the 1st/2nd graders at the local parochial school to decorate as an offering for the annual dinner-auction in early March. “NO” not being a word that rolls easily off my tongue, I of course agreed. Given a picture and wishing it mounted on a pole, this was the design I came up with.

Built with leftover cedar scraps from a fencing project last summer, the house, measuring 7 1/2” square by 9 1/2” tall, was assembled with glue and nails. The door and window trim is 1/4” Bubinga, the roof is clad with 3/16” cedar shakes, and the chimney is bored out and the exterior scribed with a chisel to resemble brick work.

The 24” by 3” hexagonal post is glued up pine staves that rests in the 14” hexagonal plywood base. The “house” is attached to the pole using a 5 1/2” donut screwed to the floor and side screwed to the pole. Fully assembled, the units stands about 35” tall. All three units come apart for future finishing.

The project is being delivered today for the school children to decorate as they wish (probably with garish colored poster paint), but it is for them to do with as they please. I’m sure some parent will pay (donate) a handsome sum for a keepsake of their child’s tenure in the lower grades of higher education.

Thanks for looking in. If I get a picture of the finished project, I will include it into an update of this posting.

“Gaudete in Domino semper”

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 02-07-2015 10:17 PM

Quite nice and thoughtful of you. I like the hex post and mounting method you have used. Thanks for sharing.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 02-07-2015 11:52 PM

Your a good man,
It makes you feel proud to help out others.
Keep up your good work.

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#3 posted 02-08-2015 01:14 AM

That is like a bird Hilton. Very thoughtful of you.

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

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#4 posted 02-08-2015 01:51 AM

Nice work Greg , i`m sure they will love it !

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#5 posted 02-08-2015 10:01 PM

very nice – gives me a bit on inspiration to start the birdhouse that my wife has been asking for since i purchased my table saw :)

-- designer by education, wood working hack by choice

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