Second Life Birdhouse

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-28-2015 08:12 PM 1279 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that began as one of three cabinets that I made for my wife to paint years ago. She painted a design on 2 of them and I put on doors with a wire front and they were for displaying craft items or stuff like that.
Well this one was in her craft room and she was going to discard it and I thought, some of our birds need a good home so I put in a floor under the top hole and then put on a cedar front for compartments on each of the other 3 shelves. I drilled in vent holes on the top of each compartment and drain holes out the sides for each level. Can’t have the birds peeing on their neighbors below!!
I formed up some aluminum flashing for a roof and put the pieces on with silicon adhesive. Being out in the weather, this should preserve the roof. It is finished with 2 coats of some left over Benjamin Moore latex house paint. I left the cedar unfinished because I thought it might be friendlier to the birds being natural like that.

I have to make some brackets for fastening to a pole in the back yard. The front is screwed on so it can be cleaned out periodically.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 10-28-2015 08:15 PM

I really do like this birdhouse.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 10-28-2015 08:25 PM

Nice save Jim, should get some nests in there in no time! You’re in Texas, right?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#3 posted 10-28-2015 08:39 PM

What can’t you do?

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#4 posted 10-28-2015 09:30 PM

Perfect example of smart recycling Jim and a beautiful result. The birds will love it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 10-28-2015 09:54 PM

Thanks guys. I could not just throw it away!!

Hi Tooch. I’m in Michigan. The birds here are wearing their winter coats already!!

Hi Arlin! I’ll try anything once. But I can’t run anything on CNC!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 10-28-2015 10:48 PM

Nice rework on this one and way too nice to discard it.
More housing for the little birds I’m sure is always welcome .
What about some little pegs below the holes ?


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 10-28-2015 11:38 PM

Always Great to see an old Project get a Second Lease!
Nice Going Jim!
You can rest assured, our ‘Feathered Friends’ do appreciate your thoughtfulness… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 10-28-2015 11:42 PM

Cool Idea Jim. I’m with you, would of had to do something with it.

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

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#9 posted 10-29-2015 12:03 AM

All the birds need now is a perch to sit at their door stop

-- If'n I had knowed retirement was this good I'd a dun it sooner

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#10 posted 10-29-2015 12:12 AM

Great job Jim, I love it.
How much is the Presidential Suite????
Great save mate.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 10-29-2015 01:06 AM

Thanks, Klaus, Mike, Dave, Larry and Bob. I’m drawing up the brackets for it tonight to mount it on a dead tree that I cut the top off last month!. Recycle the tree and the house!!

Hi Klaus. When I was studying bird house designs I read that it was not a good idea to put a peg out front because it gave predators an advantage and not mush help for those living there.

Hi Bob, this is a poor mans house with reverse order. The lesser bird( what ever that is) get the top hole!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 10-29-2015 01:41 AM

That’s a high rise right there.

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

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#13 posted 10-29-2015 02:04 AM

Good one Jim. The Birds will love it.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#14 posted 10-29-2015 02:11 AM

Who can honestly say they do not like a birdhouse.

Great project Jim and serves a part in nature. I have a few patterns which use up my scrap and bring the neighbor kids in to assemble them, paint them if they wish, and then take them home (no cost to them). Great use of cutoffs and scrape and creates future interest in woodworking and makes memories for our children.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#15 posted 10-29-2015 05:07 AM

OK, winter is coming soon so birds will be very pleased. Happy birds are the best comment on this project :-)

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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