Cedar log to bird houses with hand tools

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Project by Scott posted 03-12-2015 07:46 PM 1800 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are two bird houses, one for chickadees and one for bluebirds. I used a hand saw and hatchet to rough out the boards, then hand planes to get them to thickness, 3/8 for everything except the front and back which are about 5/8. One is 4 5/8 square and the other an inch bigger. The boards are glued and nailed together, then finished with spar varnish. On the back there is a 2.5 inch hole for clean out purposes, and it is covered with a tin plate.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#1 posted 03-12-2015 08:55 PM

Those are very nice and an interesting way of building…..impressive!

You should consider a blog about the building

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#2 posted 03-12-2015 09:55 PM

Thanks, they easy to assemble. It is some work to plane the boards but the wood is soft so that makes it move fast enough. And the cedar shavings can be used for potpourri and the dog house!

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#3 posted 03-12-2015 11:17 PM

That’s really cool and looks like fun with the hand tools.

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#4 posted 03-12-2015 11:34 PM

Thanks Tim, it was fun working a log into boards, and the aroma was very nice.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#5 posted 03-13-2015 12:00 AM

Great looking birdhouses—I’m sure the birds will enjoy living in them!

-- Dean

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#6 posted 03-13-2015 12:38 AM

Those are cool!

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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#7 posted 03-13-2015 02:49 AM

I really like the aromatic cedar! Nice bird houses.

I think they are too neat to be hung outside though.

I build mine with a reel like an old grainery or farm shed door for the cleanout; and it just swings open.

-- just rjR

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#8 posted 03-13-2015 04:22 AM

Awesome, love hand tool project. I have recently become obsessed with antique hand tools, for using not collecting. beautiful red cedar birdhouses. thanks for posting.

-- "The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it" Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 03-13-2015 03:26 PM

Wow. COngratulations. Make a good job. Love hand tools!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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