Birdbath Base

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Project by Lockwatcher posted 08-22-2011 05:04 AM 2375 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While building my water feature in my yard, I decided to build a special base for my birdbath. The birdbath is attached to the top of the base, and the base sets above a large buried container full of water. A pump recirculates water into the bath.

This project was built using 3/4” cedar (due to rot resistance). It is a ten sided box, using both biscuits and pocket screws to hold it together.

After building the “box”, I added wood (fence picket) material to provide a flat decorative edge. Fabric screen was added to the box to close up the top…

Below: Using a home built trammel to draw a curved edge…

Above: Cutting the curves on the top edge…

The end of this video shows the birdbath complete…

More on this will be coming from my blog soon…

Ken C / Lockwatcher

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

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#1 posted 08-27-2011 12:12 PM

Wow, that’s quite a water feature in your garden! I better don’t let my girlfriend see this, or she will “order” me to make something similar :)

Just wondering, did you finish the birdbath base with some marine varnish or so? Or are you going for the silver/grey weathering of the wood? I am hunting for a good exterior finish or oil…

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#2 posted 08-27-2011 01:47 PM

Because I want my water feature to look like the 1830’s, I just let them weather themselves gray…that is why I chose cedar…to keep it cheap, I used mostly cedar fence picketts for the bulk of the wood (the birdbath base was made with 3/4” cedar) the top or curved area was picketts.

I did just read an article about using “paint base” as a covering in Wood Magazine (I think)...they suggested taking a look at the base used for very dark colors – might be marked “E” or something like that…just ask the big box store about the base used for exterior applications that is used for dark colors….apparently, the stufff dries pretty much clear! (maybe they can swatch you a sample of the base by itself)...might be worth checking because it will have built-in UV protection as well..

Ken C / Lockwatcher

-- Lockwatcher, Ohio,

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#3 posted 08-27-2011 08:36 PM

Interesting, I never heard about that. I will have to check it out. Thanks, and enjoy your garden!

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