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Project by Rick Dennington posted 02-24-2015 04:24 PM 2220 views 6 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a couple of feeders and houses I built for my son and daughter-in-law to put around their new home they recently built. I have also built a few to put in my wife’s beauty shop for her customers to purchase…I like to build them out of red cedar, cause I like the apperance of the red, the sap wood, and knots combination…And they look nice. The houses are pretty much regular diminisions…Usually about 9” tall and 6” wide, with a 30-35 degree slope on the roof..I build the “body” of the house onto the nailerboard instead of having a house, then adding the extra board. Depending on the style I choose, I’ll either build the clean-out door on the bottom, or side. The holes are usually 1 1/4—1 1/2”, and the perch is a 1/4” dowel… The roof is the last thing I put on with about an 1 1/2”” overhang and the sides, front, and roof are all 30-35 degrees…Some have hinges…some don’t….Three coats of Super Spar Varnish usually does the job for protection…..

The feeders are the same red cedar, and again, depending on the style I build, if it’s a regular seed feeder, the base is about 1 3/4” deep x 9 1/2” wide x 12” long. I put screen wire in the base for drainage in both styles. The standards for the feeders with Plexy are again the same diminisions The same 30 degree angle is cut for the roof slope.I cut a 1/8” slot for the Plexy, and stop the slot about 5/16” from the bottom for the seeds to fall through.. All the parts are glued and screwed together, and the again the roof is the last piece to go on. It’s usually about 6-7” wide x 14” long for overhang all the way around to keep out moisture…Two 1/4” x 4” eyebolts and chain for hanging, or you can mount them on a post…Either way works good….Three coats of Super Spar for protection. I’ve built so many of these, I’ve got the diminisions embedded in my brain….lol…They are fun to build…Thanks..

EDIT: Forgot to add that all material is 5/8” planed down from 3/4” stock….It makes it lighter…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!





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Alongiron

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#1 posted 02-24-2015 04:28 PM

I love the Red Cedar! You are going to have some happy birds! You should be able to get some “birdy” good wrent !!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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Duckster

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#2 posted 02-24-2015 04:36 PM

Looks to me like your going birdy. Great looking bird houses. Glad to see your still kicking. I have been killing the redfish up to 36” .....they will take the kinks out of your line….... Stay in touch.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 02-24-2015 05:08 PM

Alongiron,

That is my favorite wood for these bird projects….I’ll use regular cedar some, but not often….It’s kinda bland next to the red cedar…...Thanks for posting and looking.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#4 posted 02-24-2015 05:13 PM

Hi ya, Danny,

See…this is what happens when your sequestered inside because of all the nasty weather we’ve been having here…..I’m supposed to leave Sunday morning for Toledo Bend for a week….Just hope this crap stays away…No wonder I haven’t seen you on LJs…Been killing the redfish, huh? With that size, they’ll straighten your twine right out…..lol….Yep…still kicking…so far…Been wondering where you’ve been….Now I know….Thanks for the birdy comment….

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#5 posted 02-24-2015 05:45 PM

Looks like 5 star accommodations to me, especially the last pic – pretty close to breakfast in bed.

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

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#6 posted 02-24-2015 05:48 PM

Dammit Rick

My sweet wife saw what I was studying in your photos and narrative.

Now I have a new priority #1 project

You are quite the smart craftsman Rick. ALWAYS top notch work.

I mean that

Bruce

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#7 posted 02-24-2015 05:54 PM

They all look pretty sweet. I’m sure the feathered friends will appreciate your efforts!

Back in Tennessee I had 5 bird feeders in the yard (along with almost 60 bird houses) . Took me about a year to realize that keeping those feeders full all year got pretty expensive after a while.

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

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 02-24-2015 06:05 PM

Thanks greg48,

Yep…they do enjoy that breakfast in bed style feeder….I have a couple of feeders that are just open, and they get in there and eat, and eat, and eat….To me, that last one looks like an out door crapper….a two-holer.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#9 posted 02-24-2015 06:08 PM

Bruce,

Thank you my friend for that nice comment….You’re too kind….I’m no craftsman by a long shot…I just like woodworking…..Sorry your wife saw the project….Didn’t mean to get you in the hole….lol….Been missing you on the “weather reports”.....Come on back and get in on all the gab we put out…..Just a gossip column…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#10 posted 02-24-2015 06:11 PM

Hey JoeinGa,

I know what you mean about the expense of feeding them feathered fowl…..I don’t usually fool with feeding too much in the spring and summer,as they can usually fing their own grub..But, if they start coming to the window begging, I’ll throw them out some….My main feed time is winter, when they really need it the most….

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#11 posted 02-24-2015 06:24 PM

Hey, Rick, those things really are for the birds. Nice looking houses and feeders. That red cedar looks really, really nice, too. I just happen to know a lady who would like one of those houses, so I best not let her see them: she’d nag me to death.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Rick Dennington

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#12 posted 02-24-2015 06:50 PM

Hey Bob,

So…you found me out…Now you know what I’ve been working on out in the shop, after sneaking away from our favorite thread…..lol….I’ve got a couple of more to post eventually, or pretty soon…which ever comes first…
Thanks for the cuddos, bud….I appreciate it….When I build a project, I give it my all….Tell that lady you know that she could have one of the houses for the right price…..!!!!! Wouldn’t want her nagging ya, so keep it to yourself….I guess…Don’t you think that last picture looks like an outdoor crapper….possibly a two-holer…?

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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dawsonbob

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#13 posted 02-24-2015 07:06 PM

Well, now that you mention it, if you just cut a crescent moon into it instead of a circle…

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#14 posted 02-24-2015 07:18 PM

To be honest, I actually posted the wrong picture….That is the back of the feeder, and the hole is covered in Plexy where I put the food in…..I thought I posted the front, but alas, it was not to be…..The front is clear Plexy w/ a 5/16” opening for the food to drop….Ok, Ok….I screwed up…...What can I say…..?

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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dawsonbob

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#15 posted 02-24-2015 07:24 PM

Happens to the best of us, at times. Why, I remember back in ‘54, or was it 56’, that…

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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