Mahogany Bird Cage for my Wife

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Project by Jeremiah posted 02-18-2012 03:43 PM 2701 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like so many projects, this one turned out to take 2x as long as i expected and make me want to pull my hair out (if i had any). But in the end i loved it and was happy i did it.

the cage is 18” deep by 30” wide & 20” tall i made it big enough for the finches to get some exercise.

Its all out of mahogany. Yes even the curved parts. I didn’t to my research very well and didn’t realize mahogany doesn’t like to be steam bent. So….after a lot of snapped pieces and enough swearing to scare away the sailors, i cut thin strips and laminated them together to get the curve.

The shingles are individually cut Douglas fur. The handle and perches are bamboo. The screen was basic 1/4” stuff that i spray painted metallic copper to go with the color and theme of the cage

The door design was of bamboo leaves. I wanted the whole thing to have an Asian flair without being overboard.

The flat roof pieces open up for feeding. Plus there is a panel that fits under the wire part of the bottom for cleaning.

Thanks forlooking

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#1 posted 02-18-2012 03:47 PM

That is one fancy birdhouse. Iti s obvious that you put alot into it.

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 03:58 PM

Such an amazing bird house great job.

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#3 posted 02-18-2012 04:14 PM

fabulous finch fun house

you got the oriental flair down good

well done

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#4 posted 02-18-2012 04:31 PM

Does your wife fit? LOL

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#5 posted 02-18-2012 04:54 PM

Nice cage! One critique if i may. I think it would have looked more complete had you painted the hardware cloth a matte black.

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#6 posted 02-18-2012 09:29 PM

M125, I was concerned as to the health (voc’s) of paint

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#7 posted 02-18-2012 10:05 PM

i am designing condo’s for my 4 Cockatiels. Thinking of using bamboo plant stakes instead of wire as they are much larger, using maybe 1 1/4” spacing. Maybe individual appartments with larger space for community excersize.

Your project may take me in another direction, IMPRESSIVE!

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#8 posted 02-18-2012 10:51 PM

One of a kind. A nice house…...............

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#9 posted 02-19-2012 01:44 AM

Very nice finch condo. We have a flock of these in the house and I built a circular cage that is 3 1/2’ tall x 2 1/2’ in diameter. I used hardware cloth like you did and made the lower 8” solid to try to contain their mess. They are still able to crap on the wood floor over 2’ from the cage! How do they do that? I thought about screening it but then you couldn’t see the little buggers as well. They are cheerful but really messy.

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#10 posted 02-19-2012 05:37 AM

great looking gage

thanks for sharing


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#11 posted 02-19-2012 06:16 AM

Wow nice cage! Any respectable finch would be proud to live in it. I’ll bet your wife was happy too!! Very nice job, thanks for sharing it with us.

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#12 posted 02-19-2012 08:13 AM

Love it! Bent lamination was def. the way to go on those curved parts. I love the bamboo cutouts in the front mahogany doors. Very creative!~

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#13 posted 02-19-2012 02:33 PM

Thanks everyone for the feed back!

gfadvmwas completely right about the mess they make. they throw seed everywhere! Since giving it to my wife i put in a 10” high plexiglass liner around the inside perimeter of the cage. It helps with the mess.

whitewulf you mentioned something about M125. Is that in reference to the copper paint on the wire? Should i be concerned? I painted the wire months before i finished everything else so the fumes would dissipate. But i don’t have any experience with this.

PS sumdume, thanks for your comment, i had a good laugh on that one!

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#14 posted 02-19-2012 03:23 PM

Any concerns about the birds eating the cage? I know our birds gnaw ladders and perches to pieces.

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#15 posted 02-19-2012 03:23 PM

Beautiful btw.

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