Turned Birdhouses Round 2

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Project by JT23325 posted 06-07-2015 03:11 AM 1873 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!


-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#1 posted 06-07-2015 11:44 AM

Very nicely done….what birds are they made for?

I like them but do the birds like them. I have built a lot of birdhouses for Wrens and they have a small perch so they can hang on the outside of the house.

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#2 posted 06-07-2015 12:24 PM

These are really awesome bird houses. Very creative.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#3 posted 06-07-2015 12:28 PM

yes the 4 that I have out are occupied annually. 2 with perches 2 without. I have found that location makes the biggest difference.

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#4 posted 06-07-2015 12:50 PM

I really like these birdhouses; they are nice accents and I love their simple but elegant designs.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 06-07-2015 02:16 PM

Cool and nice design.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 06-07-2015 04:41 PM

Nice birdhouses.


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#7 posted 06-07-2015 05:48 PM

Originally and beautifully. Only I have a question – Temperature in the summer on the street (around) at you What?? At us happens to +45 C. We nesting boxes fix on trees, in a shadow. And still the question – If a nesting box rotates isn’t fixed) starlings live, it is pleasant to them??

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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#8 posted 06-07-2015 06:27 PM

Sasha—Locally our temps average between 30 C and 40 C (that’s 86 & 104 F) I utilised polyurethane glue and have never had an issue with temperatures or moisture. I asked a friend of mine in Arizona where it regularly get up to 48 C + personally I normally hang them from a metal plant hanger they are about 2 1/2 ft or 75 cm with a large loop on one end to hang over a tree branch and a small hook to attach the birdhouse. As for them rotating or swaying, I have a few that are like this and are occupied annually so I guess they don’t mind… but I am not an expert…. I have also drilled a hole through the bottom spindle and mounted them on a metal pole.

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#9 posted 06-07-2015 07:00 PM

Those look great. great job

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#10 posted 06-08-2015 02:35 AM

Very nice!

Lot more work than the “buyers” ever think they are!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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