A Bevy of Birdhouses

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-18-2010 02:47 PM 3051 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am posting these for a couple of reasons.

First is because I am proud of their design and that they are made for birds and not humans – in other words, no sealers or chemicals and the inside wall is etched to allow baby birds to easily crawl out. Most of the houses do not include perches anymore simply because birds do not need them and it makes it easier for predators to get into the houses.

The other reason is that until further notice ALL money received from any sales of these will be donated to a local animal rescue I donate my time to:

I find it kind of ironic that I’m selling birdhouses in order to donate money to a cat shelter! ;-)

Anyway, if anyone would like to order one, or take a look at more detailed pics of these, please visit my web page noted below or in my profile. ( )

All birdhouses are made of classic eastern cedar (same as on the first picture of the asian-style one) and then outside is rubbed with an FDA Food Safe oil – if you would like the birdhouse to display indoors I will be happy to treat it with a poly-oil blend.

Thanks for looking!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 02:58 PM

Great houses. I commend you for your endeavor. I also donate to the ASPCA every month. A very worthy cause IMO. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 04:22 PM

Fantastic bird houses for good cause.

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 08:32 PM

that’s funny re: birdhouses for cat funds :)
Good for you and I love the birdhouses.
As I scrolled through them I thought “the first one is my favourite” and then I saw the last one and now I don’t have a favourite!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 10:53 PM

Nice houses and I like that you were considering the birds needs instead of human aesthetics.
I will assume you also checked on correct size hole for the birds you want to use them. To large a hole allows predators including other birds like House sparrows to prey on the little birds.

Now some other thoughts. Cats do kill a lot of birds. In addition there way are too many feral cats. Maybe the funds should go to some group that helps birds?
Cedar (volatile oils from it) has been determined to detrimental to animals. Including cedar shavings in pet beds. Guess that is why fleas don’t like it either.
Finally my personal opinion. The ASPCA has become way to radical for my support. They are getting involved in anti hunting other conflicts beyond their former basic function of helping domestic pets.
Sorry if I sound a little contrary this just puched several buttons pushed at once. I try not to be to radical about anything.
Keep up the good work.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 11:41 PM


No apologies needed and I agree with every statement you make! :-)

First off, while I don’t knock the ASPCA, I do not donate/volunteer with them – my donations go to a private, no-kill shelter ( ).

As far as feral cats go, it is certainly true what you state – that is why the shelter I donate my time to both adopts feral cats as well as enforces an ‘indoor-only” policy to whomever adopts pets from them. Indoor only cats are far more healthy, live longer and do not contribute to the feral population.

This shelter also sponsors a “neuter-scooter” that actually travels to areas of high feral populations and will trap and neuter as many animals as it can and then releases them. After all, a feral cat is just that – feral.

I did do my homework and have sized the holes in my houses appropriately to most species of backyard birds (and hopefully not predators).

While NEW cedar doesn’t mix with most smaller animals, the stuff I am using all comes from reclaimed fencing that has been standing for over 10 years – while some of the acids in cedar never leave the wood, the vast majority of the volatiles have aged off.

Thanks for the comments as it allows me to explain more of my beliefs as well as my building practices!

I consider myself somewhat of a tree-hugger as well – being passionate about something is certainly not radical! :-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#6 posted 01-18-2010 11:46 PM

Great looking birdhouses Bob !!

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#7 posted 02-21-2011 07:09 PM

Love these. especially the triangular and slanted shapes. i’m interested in providing more wildlife habitat in my yard and making a dozen or so birdhouses is where im starting.

took a look at your link. i thought it ‘coincidental’ that i should be searching for bird houses today and find this post and that you’re in harwood MD, a good friend’s home in harwood just caught fire saturday i learned on her facebook page. she’s on bayfields west river. thankfully no people or pets were harmed.

take care’

-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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