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Project by rep posted 02-02-2012 05:54 AM 1125 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to try my hand at extreme birdhouses for Christmas gifts this year. The first was made of red oak with a metal roof, and the second was made with white cedar with wood roof. They were challenging, but fun. Now I have to design a deluxe 4 tower model for the wife…

and thanks to John at extremebirdhouse.com for the plans.

-- rick





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#1 posted 02-02-2012 06:11 AM

Wow very cool! Those are some great builds!

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

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#2 posted 02-02-2012 06:20 AM

Wow these are very cool Rick.

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#3 posted 02-02-2012 06:55 AM

Wow really nice birdhouses.

-- Craig, Waterloo,IA

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#4 posted 02-02-2012 07:03 AM

Wow! Great looking birdhouse’s!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 02-02-2012 04:39 PM

great work!
luxury suites

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#6 posted 02-02-2012 04:44 PM

When can I move in?

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#7 posted 02-02-2012 05:33 PM

Too cool. Well done!

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#8 posted 02-02-2012 06:38 PM

Very nicely crafted I’m certain the new tenants will like the accommodations. What species of bird are holes sized for?

Ron

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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rep

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#9 posted 02-02-2012 06:46 PM

The only species around here that will co-habitat are Purple Martins. I initially drilled 1 1/2 inch holes in the first house, but enlarged the upper level holes to 2 inches. The second house has 2 inch holes all around. (Purple Martins require a 2 inch hole)

-- rick

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#10 posted 02-02-2012 07:47 PM

Rick, do you have any tips to keep everything square and flat as you build all the layers?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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rep

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#11 posted 02-02-2012 08:50 PM

I used a couple of corner clamping squares to help . I started with a piece of plywood for a temporary base and drew an outline if the first row of logs. Then I tacked the first row to the plywood with a pin nailer. These suggestions were in the plans. I found it was critical to have exactly 1 inch square logs to use – made things much easier. As I added more rows of logs, I placed the square on the plywood and against the wall to keep square and plumb. Once complete, I pulled the house off the plywood and secured to a sturdy base.

-- rick

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#12 posted 02-03-2012 01:48 AM

Thanks so much for the tips Rick. I was thinking there was going to be a jig for the corners.

The fact that everything is 1” square really was something I didn’t think about, did you cut 45’s on all the sides?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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rep

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#13 posted 02-03-2012 03:50 AM

I cut 45s on two sides (and faced them out). The more you take off the corners, the more rounded the logs look. The red oak house looks more like a log cabin because I took a lot off the corners. The cedar looks more sleek because I just took a little off the corners.

-- rick

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#14 posted 02-03-2012 03:55 AM

Very cool birdhouses

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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