First time for Bird House Ornaments

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Project by Hacksaw007 posted 02-14-2010 04:32 AM 1906 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been studing many of the Lumber Jocks work in this area and finally had some time to make a few. The Red and Black one was my first attempt. It looked good, but wasn’t hollowed out very well and was heavy. Got a drill chuck for my new lathe today and drilled out the blue one, top and bottom, so the hollowing out work was much less work and much easier to measure out. Made a scrap jig to hold my cap and bottom when the bottom needed shaped and sanded. This worked good. The top cap is made out of scrap oak from a crating skid, and is 1 inch tall. The bottoms are made out of laminated birch stocks that we use to make rifle stocks from, again, from scrap wood. All the wood is scrap and free. Walnut perch, and yes from scrap wood. The blue one is not yet finished, the red and black one is finished. 2 coats of conversion varnish, the oak cap I stained dark. These are fun, and I thank all of you that I read your stories about how to make them. And O yes, I used a Wagner texturing tool for the first time and I like that also. It was easy and on this hard oak it will look better on softer woods like walnut and such. I had a Red, White and Blue made up, but as I was making the oak top, I got greedy and took too much off and the top caved in. I had to laugh, I knew that I was close. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 02-14-2010 04:37 AM

Looks great and like a lot of fun.

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#2 posted 02-14-2010 04:45 AM

Nice job.

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#3 posted 02-14-2010 04:48 AM

These are adorable! Very whimsical and fun.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 02-14-2010 05:33 AM


Perfect for humming birds!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 02-14-2010 06:27 AM

Great little bird houses. Nice shapes and woods. Really like that laminated wood. Where do you get it from?

Keep it up.

Great use of scraps!


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

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#6 posted 02-14-2010 06:31 AM

very nice

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#7 posted 02-14-2010 07:04 AM

great idea well done

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#8 posted 02-14-2010 02:08 PM

Very nice little birdy ornaments…....

The colouring really adds to the overall appearance, they really catch the eye… and the use of texturing adds a lot too. I can see a texturing tool in my future….

Nice job, well done, great use of scraps, and you had a lot of fun…........ what more can one ask for !

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#9 posted 02-14-2010 02:21 PM

Beautiful little things. I love the way the coloring came out and the roof too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-14-2010 03:44 PM

Very nice birdhouses and wood.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 02-14-2010 09:56 PM

Nice texture on the tops, very nice turnings overall, I think you have stumbled onto something that would really sell. Good for you. Very cute.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 02-15-2010 01:17 PM

Mikey likes em! great use of scrape wood. Like the colors too.


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