Infinity's Bird House

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Project by oldwolf posted 08-06-2009 04:17 AM 3150 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided that I would begin a woodworking project with each of my 3 daughters, My youngest at 7 yrs old. was actually the inspiration for this plan as she often comes down to watch me work in the shop. She said she wanted to build a birdhouse. So I had her sit down and sketch out what she wanted the bird house to look like. From that sketch I drew a quick plan with her help.

So we started with design, then moved into the building. we used all handtools, and I had her doing most of the sawing, some light edge planing to ease the edges and drilling holes with both a gimlet and a brace and bit. Of course I held both the boards and the tools and guided things but she did a lot of the work. I dug out a old shop apron for her to wear and put a pencil and tape measure in the pockets, and she did all the measuring and marking.

I’m putting it up here 1) because it was a fun little project to use up some scraps, and because I thing she will get a big kick out of getting to see the picture of her work up online.

-- Oldwolf -

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#1 posted 08-06-2009 04:25 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 08-06-2009 04:27 AM

Super bird house

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 08-06-2009 04:44 AM

Great idea… well done… especially the documentation…. just wait when she sees these photos in 10, 20, 30, 40 years… quite a treasure. She’s quite the designer of birdhouses, too!

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 08-06-2009 05:14 AM

Awesome job well done always to have your child come to you and ask to build somthing. I know I enjoy it when my 5 year old son ask to build things.

-- David '65

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#5 posted 08-06-2009 05:26 AM

Great birdhouse and great helper!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 08-06-2009 05:50 AM

some of my best times in the shop are with my daughter great bird house

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#7 posted 08-06-2009 06:22 AM

Great design and how wonderful it is to build something with your children : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 08-06-2009 07:41 AM

Great birdhouse. Love that your daughter wants to be a part of your wood life.

Great story. Am sure she enjoyed herself, (by that big smile she has, she did!)

Keep up the inspiration!


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 08-06-2009 08:36 AM

The smile on her face says it all. Priceless.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#10 posted 08-06-2009 11:58 AM

all hand tools? She’s a better woodworker than me
And it’s a fantastic job—great design and the colour – oh yah. Love it.

Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 08-06-2009 04:08 PM

Please tell her for me that I think it is beautiful!!!!!!!!!
One of my most favorite memories of my youngest daughter (she passed away in June of 08 at the age of 23) was building a birdhouse. They were having a contest at school, she was in the 4th or 5th grade, and since I owned a woodworking business, and her older sister had won a woodworking contest at school and went on to win regional, she wanted to enter. So we designed it and she done all the work including at lot of bandsawing.
Well, we also owned a building supply at the time and we went on vacation before the contest. She had left the birdhouse behing the counter of the store and a guy came in and wanted to buy it. Our employee thought it was for sale so she sold it to him for $10. He said his son was in a contest at school and he didn’t have the time to mess with it. When we got home my baby was devastated. So I told her don’t worry we will build an even nicer one. And we did and she still done the work. Well, wouldn’t you know it but the first birdhouse that the guy bought won the contest. They told my daughter that they didn’t think she could have built hers and that is why the second one didn’t win. That’s the first and only time I have ever went to a school and rasied cane and let them know the true story. I don’t remember exactly what happen then but everyone knew my baby built both of them
Sorry for going on and on.
You and your daughter will rememer this for the rest of your lives and it makes me feel good to see another father sharing a birdhouse with his daughter. And you even have pics. Cherish her and them because you never know when you may loose them
Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PS Make sure to tell her to never, never, never do drugs because I wouldn’t want her daddy to have to tell this same story years from now and sit at his computer and cry.

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#12 posted 08-06-2009 05:26 PM

You do realize that your birdhouse has become a wonderful memory for your beautiful daughter. Often, we are so involved in life that we forget to take a full measure of the important moments that slip by. Kodak moments. This is one such moment. Guaranteed, your daughter will not allow this to slip by. Years form now, this birdhouse will become to topic of many dinner table discussions, and a happy one at that. You have created far more than a birdhouse. You have created a lasting memory that may well have become the inspiration of your daughters dreams! Good going dad!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#13 posted 08-06-2009 05:59 PM

Dale said it…........... just absolutely “priceless” !!!
What a treasure to keep and remember and what a special moment.
I so much treasure all of the times that my daughter and I made things together.

Thanks for sharing

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#14 posted 08-06-2009 08:05 PM

Super good job and a super good helper. Never to young to learn, or to old for that matter. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#15 posted 08-06-2009 08:18 PM

Great job on the bird house mfg. You did a great job.

And, your dad has taught you a few things about making items. Do your planning and designing and work safely.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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