|Project by JT23325||posted 06-07-2015 03:11 AM||1513 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
As you can see I followed the advice from my fellow LJ’s and did not make perches like I did first time around. These are made from cypress and an old pine workbench (glued up 2X4’s) that I recycled. They measure about 7ish” (body) or 10” total width by between 18” and 22” inches tall. I have improved the design over the first batch making them easier to open up to clean by utilizing 2 stainless steel screws.
Since I used some old 2X4’s for part of it the pine portions of the birdhouse (top and bottom) were dipped in a water sealer and allowed to dry after which the whole thing was top coated with 3 coats of Spar urethane ( the inside of the cypress walls was NOT finished to maintain a safe habitat. The bottom usually gets covered with nesting material so the water sealer there is not a factor.
I also designed the stand from a used symbol stand that I got at the thrift store for $5 bucks an old tapered chair back dowel, and used black 1/2” dowels I had gathering dust in a corner for the past XXXX years. The balls are 6” Poplar ball that I picked up at Woodcraft awhile back for a buck a piece. To make everything match I painted everything black then decided I did not like the look so I added some chrome paint highlights. The tapered dowel was drilled out to fit the symbol stand shaft and reinforced with a 3/4” copper ring at the bottom to prevent splitting. The stands are designed to hold up to 8 birdhouses each. As you can see in the photo it also breaks down quite easily for transport….
Thanks for looking, comments appreciated!
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