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Project by devann posted 1195 days ago 1991 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a customer that ask me to make him a couple bluebird houses. I banged these out this afternoon. Nothing fancy, I used some old 6” cedar fence pickets and a 2×6 back. I made the do-dad on top out of leftover redwood. I was trying to keep the water off the endgrain and from leaking between the top and back too. They are about 13” tall and the front can be opened without tools for cleaning.

Birdhouse update: After the veterinarians comment #2 about the woodpeckers I went back to the shop today and made some sacrificial holes out of ipe, the hardest wood I have. So after the woodpeckers start working them over they can be replaced. I noticed the more expensive ones on the net had another replaceable hole made on top of the first hole but didn’t realize why. After more looking around the net I found out that they are to keep the predators from getting to the bluebirds. Thanks Doc for telling me about your woodpeckers and how they miss up the house for the bluebirds.

Birdhouse update II: The fellow that wanted a couple of the first batch bought all of them. So I made a second batch, they’re ‘bout gone too. I changed this batch and used a gable to have a different look. I didn’t have enough cedar for the roofs so I used plywood with FRP ( fire retardant panel ) panels on top. I left 5 of them white because of the Texas sun and painted 2 of them gray. The other 2 are going to Tennessee to a shady spot.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with





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patron

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#1 posted 1195 days ago

these are some fancy
low income bird houses

you did a great job
on them darrell

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 1195 days ago

These are identical to the ones at my place. They aint fancy but the bluebirds love em as I have nests with eggs in all of mine. I have to replace them often as the woodpeckers enlarge the holes and then the bluebirds wont use them anymore.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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papadan

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#3 posted 1195 days ago

Nice bird houses. Here is a chart for anyone wanting to build birdhouses.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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devann

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#4 posted 1195 days ago

Thanks for the knid words guys.

doc: I’m giving one of them to a fellow that gave me the wood from an old barn he tore down. Told me that he couldn’t sell it so he gave it to me. I pretty sure he’ll like to get a birdhouse. I’ll make more out of that after the woodpeckers have their way. I have a pair of woodpeckers eating sunflower seeds out of a birdfeeder in the front yard. Didn’t know that they would do that, thought they just ate bugs.

papadan: Thanks for the chart posting, good place for it. But looks like it’s missng a column for distance from nearest structure.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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tenontim

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#5 posted 1194 days ago

Nice work, Darrell. I’ve had a standing order from the wife for a couple of years now, to build some of these.
I’m sure the birds would appreciate my getting started also.

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LittlePaw

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#6 posted 1194 days ago

I thought about making some bird houses in my back yard, but didn’t know how big. Thanks for the chart, papadan. Nice job, Darrell!

-- 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 1193 days ago

Nice work

-- skip I'm a maine maniac

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#8 posted 1164 days ago

I built one with my 12 year-old. He measured and I cut. It was great. I think I might have to fix the hole on mine too. We have woodpeckers out here too.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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Willie1031

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#9 posted 1164 days ago

I like the weathered look of those.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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devann

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#10 posted 1164 days ago

Thanks for the kind words Willie. The hole I found out is called a predator protector, keeps the others from reaching in far enough to harm the bluebirds.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#11 posted 902 days ago

Excellent looking blue bird house. I am starting to build some today. Thank you.

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