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Here are a few more tea can birdhouses. A couple of churches, flight school, a general store and a livery.
-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with
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#1 posted 02-05-2011 09:27 AM
Very nice! Those will make some happy birds and mad squirrels!Nate
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#2 posted 02-05-2011 01:32 PM
these are SO cool
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#3 posted 02-05-2011 05:42 PM
Unique bird houses! I say you go with the saloon theme and use beer cans. You could always add a little bird bar in the front door … aka bird feeder. Nice idea of recycling, too (wood and aluminum).
-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)
#4 posted 02-05-2011 08:36 PM
I have already made some. Saloon in the front, brewery in the back. The ones I make and name the saloon The Longbranch Saloon go over really well with the crowd from Austin. I have about made an entire town. Hotel, Llivery, Bank, General Store,... too many to list here. I try to keep around 100 cans on hand to choose from. I get most of them riding my bicyicle and picking them up along the side of the road. Note* The beer cans don’t sell as well as the tea cans. Beer drinkers are fiercely brand loyal. You gotta have a client. I’ll post some saloon pics when I find them or make more.
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#5 posted 02-07-2011 10:17 AM
Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.
-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa
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#6 posted 02-11-2011 12:59 AM
Very nice! My daughter collects bird houses – now I have some ideas to make her one. Thanx.
-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.
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#7 posted 03-27-2011 08:32 PM
That’s cool. You have the whole western town but no saloon!
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!
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#8 posted 04-22-2011 07:36 AM
These are incredible!! I am supposed to make a birdhouse for my mother-in-law for mother’s day….please don’t let my man see these-I want him to think i did a good job!
-- ~christine @ used2btrees
#9 posted 04-22-2011 02:43 PM
They’re so nice, even my cockatiels and parakeets like them! My visiting cardinals want to know if any are available?
#10 posted 04-24-2011 08:48 PM
christine; I have noticed that this project is catching up to and passing other projects that I posted. So he may have already seen it, but with only 900+ views I doubt it. And please post a picture of your mother-in-laws birdhouse when you’re done. We’d love to see what you make.
LittlePaw; I don’t have anymore churches or school houses at the moment. I need to get in the shop and make some more bell towers and church steeples… I just got up and looked at my parts stash. I have one school bell tower left. Pictures explaining how to make below.
School bell tower. Made from pine, appox 1 1/2”w x 3/4”d x 4”h. I make the church steeples a little taller and make the roof pitch steeper. The sides are cut with a router bit. For the hole for the bell I used a 3/4” fostener bit. I cut a notch in the top to allow for the wire holding the bell before adding the roof pieces. The bells are purchased at a hobby store.
This is the backside showing a rabbet notch along the side of the tower so that I can set it in a dado on the front wall to be applied. I do this so I don’t have to be so precise with my dado cut. The rabbet joint will overlap the groove of the dado and hide any mistakes made to center the tower.
This is a window lentel. In this case I apply it to the bottom of the bell tower. I make these by cross cutting a piece to the desired width. I then rout a profile down bothsides across the grain. Then use my router table with the miter gauge to cut the profile along the edge. Move to the miyersaw and cut the desiired depth, back to router table repeat edge cut etc… PS mount a sacrificial board to your miter gauge for tear out at the corner of your stock.
I hope that this is of some help to you LittlePaw and Christine
#11 posted 04-24-2011 09:51 PM
Belly, belly cleva! I’ll have to give it a try . . . been wanting to make a birdhouse for my daughter (she’s a 45 yr-old mother os my two grandsons, graduates of OU). You’ve given me quite a few ideas. Thanx
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#12 posted 03-27-2013 02:32 AM
Amazing! Love them. You def have a creative eye. Thanks for sharing
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