Mo' of dem Birdhouses

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I made a few birdhouses that are sculpted and I keep getting request for more. They are real easy to make and the sculpting goes quickly with the soft cypress. The finish is teak oil because it holds up well outside…and I don’t particularly want to paint any wood for a finish. I painted one and it felt like sacralige.

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#1 posted 02-22-2011 07:07 AM

Wow, you sure that is for the birds?


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#2 posted 02-22-2011 07:55 AM

I really love the detail you put into these. They are simple, yet not. Very nicely done! A very sellable item.

-- "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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#3 posted 02-22-2011 08:14 PM

Birds will love this. That’s moving up…..............Cool one….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 02-22-2011 09:45 PM

I would like to try this how rae you going about if

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#5 posted 02-22-2011 10:49 PM

Robert, I just make a basic cypress box and then freehand the lines to be sculpted in pencil first. Then I rough-shape it with my grinder and electric carver… followed by sanding with a random orbit sander and then do alot of hand sanding with the grain to remove any marks the sander left. It createsd alot of dust but i am always working on improving my dust colection methods.

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#6 posted 02-23-2011 12:49 AM

Amazing work. You make it sound easy, but it looks very hard to make.

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

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#7 posted 02-23-2011 03:20 AM

I love this! Nice work.

-- I do not like work even when someone else does it. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 02-23-2011 07:12 AM

Wow, an ‘Andy Box’ birdhouse! That is very unusual and eye-catching.


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