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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-02-2011 07:54 PM 1569 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have the okay to install a birdhouse on the patio of my mom’s nursing home. I’m not sure they will let me install the big one so I made a single as well. They are made from Cedar and unfinished so they will weather and turn gray. I think they will be more appealing to the birds that way. The fronts, backs and floors are 3/4”. The roofs are 5/8” and the backs are 1/2”. They are made to the published specs for Wren houses except they are 1” deeper. the holes are 1 1/4”. I did not want the dados to show so I lock mitered the front corners and rabbeted the back edges. They are glued with Titebond III and nailed too.

They have the following features for nesting houses:
No perch for predators to roost on.
Ventilation on top of all compartments.
Drainage at the bottom of all compartments.
Rough surface inside and out for the chicks to be able to climb on.
Double thick front hole to prevent predators from reaching the eggs or chicks.
Removable back for cleaning out old nests.

There are 4 T-nuts in the bottom for mounting to a steel plate that is welded to a pole.

The link below gives the dimensions for houses for certain birds:
http://www.sialis.org/nestboxguide.htm

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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#1 posted 06-02-2011 08:19 PM

You should be able to rent them out for $75/week! ;0) looks really good.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 06-02-2011 10:35 PM

Beautiful birdhouses.
And again a beautiful thought from you to your mom.
Best of my thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 06-03-2011 03:16 AM

Great look’in bird houses!!
What a great thing to do for your Mom….

Thanks for Sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 03:33 AM

A proud house for any bird Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 06-06-2011 03:43 AM

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#6 posted 06-07-2011 01:11 PM

Jim – They both look great. Are those little corbels under the roof line?

jack1 – Jim is in Michigan, so he could probably rent them out for $600-$650 a month or just sell them for $30. Real estate up here is kinda funky like that.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#7 posted 06-21-2011 07:57 AM

Hi Jim, the bird houses are lovely I am sure your Mom is looking out the window with joy, watching the birds and knowing that her son made the lovely bird houses.

We were talking about the bird houses just the other day, I cant believe I have missed so many days.

Thanks for sharing a happy Mom moment Jim.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#8 posted 08-15-2011 02:13 PM

Hi Cher, my mom is a kind of a celebrity at the nursing home now with her own bird hotel. She turns 98 on Tuesday 8-16-11.
Here are the pics of it with her and installed: I have to remember to center the picture to the left more. I cut my mom off in the photo.


This is the base of it fastened to the tree stump. It leaned a little so I had to cut some wedges locally at a friends house to make it plumb.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 08-15-2011 06:33 PM

That is so wonderful.
And yes we want mom on the picture!
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 08-16-2011 01:46 AM

Hi Mads, she is there. I found that if you right click on the picture and then hit View Image, it gives you the fulll picture as I took it. I only saw one bird go in so far, but the most action is in the spring when the birds are starting new families.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 08-16-2011 02:21 AM

I had to save the ohoto to see it full…
And sweet she is with her grateful smile.
Best thoughts to her,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 08-16-2011 10:52 AM

Hi Jim, thank you for the lovely photo of Mom and the new bird hotel, I did manage to see your Mom’s lovely smile. God Bless you for being a good son. Give your Mom a big hug from me and tell her she is amazing and a very big HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I am visiting my son at the moment and he is spoiling me.

Thank you again Jim for sharing these happy smiles and moments.

-- When you know better you do better.

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