First time for Bird House Ornaments

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Project by Hacksaw007 posted 1649 days ago 1485 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!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#1 posted 1649 days ago

Looks great and like a lot of fun.

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#2 posted 1649 days ago

Nice job.

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#3 posted 1649 days ago

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 1649 days ago


Perfect for humming birds!


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#5 posted 1649 days ago

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 1649 days ago

very nice

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#7 posted 1649 days ago

great idea well done

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#8 posted 1649 days ago

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 1649 days ago

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 1648 days ago

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 1648 days ago

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.

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#12 posted 1648 days ago

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


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