|Project by archie18||posted 11-01-2009 05:10 AM||4455 views||17 times favorited||9 comments|
Fun little way to use up some shop scraps. Cut bottom off 2 liter soft drink bottle. Cut 4 square pieces of wood with length of sides about 1.5 inches larger than diameter of bottle. Cut 4 posts 3/4×3/4 and about 6 inches longer than the cutoff bottle. Cut 3/4×3/4 inch notch in each corner of 3 of the squares to attach the posts. In the fourth square make the notches slightly larger; this is for the sliding lid that can be raised to remove or fill the bottle. I also used an adjustable circle cutter to cut a groove the same diameter as the bottle in the lid piece to provide a more secure seal on the bottle (see fourth picture). In another square I cut a 2 inch diameter hole and then used my router with camfering bit to bevel sides of the hole to match the shape of the bottle neck. (Picture 3)
To assemble use plain square piece as bottom, glue and nail ends of posts in notches. Next position and fasten neck piece on posts so that bottle spout is about 1 inch above bottom square. Slide in lid square. Take final square and attach to tops of posts. Roof piece should be about 2 inches larger in diameter than squares used in body. I tilted saw blade enough to leave 1/4 inch edge and cut through to center point of piece Rotate to get pyramid shape.(Recommend using dado jig for safety). Perches are added by notching 4 pieces of .25×1.25 X 7 to fit snugly around base. Drill holes for 1/4 inch dowels before attaching.
-- Robert in middle TN