Bird Light House

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Project by Eric posted 07-31-2011 04:34 AM 3613 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!!!

-- Eric

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 04:53 AM

exquisitely done, and if birds ever need help on a non instrument, evening landing approach then this is the one for them. customers first I say.

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

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#2 posted 07-31-2011 05:13 AM

Good job. A great addition to your real estate.

-- Joe

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#3 posted 07-31-2011 03:23 PM

You learned some new tricks, you recycled keeping the cost way down, and you have a handsome bird house…. Looks to me like you just nailed a home run! Well done Eric!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 07-31-2011 06:43 PM

I like it !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 07-31-2011 06:47 PM

Nice work very clean, good luck.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 08-01-2011 01:19 AM

What a neat idea, Thanks for sharing this with us! I may borrow the idea and give this a try.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 08-01-2011 02:52 AM

Go for it Kelly. That’s why we share our projects, right? Don’t hesitate to ask any questions either. I’m no expert, but I’d like to help.

-- Eric

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#8 posted 08-01-2011 07:34 AM

Cool looking birdhouse. Very well done. How tall is it? It’s going to be hard to pick just five best birdhouses from the field. I think you have one of them here Eric.

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

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#9 posted 08-07-2011 11:50 PM

Darrell – It is about 21” tall… base to tip.

-- Eric

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