|Project by Eric||posted 07-31-2011 04:34 AM||1896 views||6 times favorited||9 comments|
I wanted to build a birdhouse in a typical lawn ornament—- a common thing to see in a yard, but not a common place for a birdhouse. I made a bird-lighthouse.
I am not a professional carpenter by any means. I am a music teacher. I wanted to use this project to learn new skills and jointery.
One new skill I incorporated was a compound cut. I constructed the tower first. Using the table saw and a homemade taper jig, I cut the bevel to create a polygon base and a taper to create the slender top. Each panel was joined and glued with biscuits. The roof pieces also required compound angles. In this case, I cut the triangles flat 1/4” and then sanded the bevel with a benchtop belt sander.
Another new skill I tried was edge banding…sort of. The black platform of the lighthouse that appears to be 3/4” thick. It is actually 1/4” ply. I didn’t have success creating a circle cutting jig on the band saw with 3/4” stock, so I used a circle cutter bit only capable of cutting through thin material in the drill press with 1/4” ply. From here I cut a slender slip of 3/4” stock and soaked it in water. I added some glue-up braces under the platform and glued and clamped the wet strip of 3/4”. I think it came out splendid. (No way can I cut a circle free-hand on the scroll saw.)
I like to re-purpose things. The tower panels are made from pine I saved from someone elses trash bin. The lens of the light is actually a baby food jar upside down. The lamp is a 7w. There doesn’t seem to be any issue with heat build up. The base is from a 12” wide board from the $0.89 utility wood bin at my home center. The rope between the posts is regular old mason’s line.
I hope you enjoyed my project. I you like this, remember to vote in the birdhouse contest!!!