|Project by devann||posted 05-22-2011 03:46 AM||2256 views||9 times favorited||11 comments|
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