YiaYia's Birdhouse

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Project by greg48 posted 02-02-2016 05:39 AM 790 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is more of a collaborative effort with the wife (YiaYia). On one of her “outings” she covertly snapped a pic of a birdhouse she really liked. “Really liked” translates to “would you build me something like it??”. After 46 years of marriage, I have learned to be very judicious with my “NO’s”, but I did manage to negotiate a bi-lateral effort here. I would design and cut it out, she would help assemble and decorate, done deal.

I drew up three very simple bird houses of proportionally smaller dimension on SketchUp then stacked them up and rotated the house groups to give a tilting appearance without unbalancing the entire structure. I printed the face pieces at 1:1 scale and affixed them to 3/4” incense cedar fence boards to cut out on the band saw. I love this SketchUp!

Come time to assemble, I fired up the compressor and summoned YiaYia to come help. I held the pieces while she drove the 1 1/2” nails. It should hold, cause she stitched the pieces on 3/4” to 1” spacing. The whole structure stands about 36” tall on a 12” square base

Next up was the painting which I had no part of other than to document her holding up her side of the bargain (pics). She next added some square cut nails for perches and miscellaneous parts and pieces for accessories and an old wrought iron fence finial for the top. I don’t expect to many boarders in the house, but perhaps that’s the point.

I know that this is perhaps not the finest example of fine woodworking, but it is made of wood! It is not the best example of fine wood finishing, but it is appropriately finished. This is rather a fine example of the art of negotiation, of getting something when you started with nothing. Perhaps I will take my new found negotiating skills and head on down to the auto dealer, the old Chevy’s getting a bit long in the tooth. Thanks for look’in in and keep on making that man-glitter (sawdust).

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 02-02-2016 06:11 AM

That is really something else.

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#2 posted 02-02-2016 06:56 AM

Drunk, stucked houses – very imaginative idea

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 02-02-2016 12:51 PM

I really like it.

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

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#4 posted 02-02-2016 03:24 PM

Looks like the collective bargaining went well, nice piece you two.

-- Terry, Grants Pass, OR - It's not how fast you want to go but how much money you've got to get there...

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#5 posted 02-03-2016 05:51 AM

I like it very much

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