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Project by ArthurS posted 07-30-2011 04:41 PM 2037 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This birdhouse was made with locally cut pine, black walnut and cherry. The cylindrical head is constructed from 16 separate pine slats, turned on the lathe after glue up. The eyes are black walnut that has been treated with a solution of steel wool and vinegar to create the deep rich ebony color. A process that I tried for the first time and will use again. The beak and crest are cherry. The house is finished with spar urethane for protection from the weather. The dimensions are proportioned for chickadees. The home is located on a octagon white washed post. Chickadees enjoy!

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#1 posted 07-30-2011 06:53 PM

Very cute. I like how the birds will have an awning over their door and the young ones will have a slide. Very nice work curving the beak to the cylinder. Do you have a recipe for the vinegar solution?

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#2 posted 07-30-2011 07:07 PM

Fun project!! I’m very interested in your black walnut treatment. Can you post more details about that process?

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#3 posted 07-30-2011 07:46 PM

this is a beautiful bird house and very creative, very good job, good luck with the contest…you did a super job here…im going to try your experiment on the walnut and see what i get also…thank you for showing,,,grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 07-30-2011 08:38 PM

What a fun birdhouse :) he looks real good, and great combination of wood. Good luck!

-- -Thomas -

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#5 posted 07-30-2011 09:57 PM

Fun and whimsical! Made me chuckle. Thank you for sharing this with us.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 08-02-2011 09:22 PM

very unique. good luck with the build contest

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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