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Project by woodrookieII posted 04-01-2012 12:33 AM 1691 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a ton of fun.

Purchased the Cape Cod plans from John Looser of Extreme Birdhouses intending to build one for my wife for Mothers Day. However…....I was able to get enough rough cut scrap/reclaimed white cedar to do TWO!!!!! So, that’s what I did. One for my wife and one for my daughter. Both Mothers Day gifts.

Only deviations from John’s plans were I rounded the edges on the router table and the roof is cedar, not barn steel. All nails (lots and lots of nails) were pounded in with a hammer. The door and windows are of red cedar. We’ll mount them on 6×6 posts next weekend. Finished both with clear sealer, one has a blue roof and the other a green roof, both are stains not paint.

One thing I did right off was build a form 22×12x12. This became our “mold” as we built the structure around this form. Kept our walls straight and our corners square.

I was privileged to have my Dad co-labor with me. There were a couple of times when we both were tempted to take up swearing again, but then we would just start laughing!

This was a ton of fun.

......rookieII





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gfadvm

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#1 posted 04-01-2012 01:05 AM

VERY cool birdhouses! One question: how do you access the inside to clean?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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woodrookieII

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#2 posted 04-01-2012 01:08 AM

Thanks. Unscrew the roof to do the second floor, and unscrew the house from the base to to do the first floor.

By using cedar it doesn’t really weigh that much.

....RookieII

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 01:42 AM

That’s cool, must have been great building it with your dad.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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doncutlip

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 01:44 AM

That really turned out great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Northwest29

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#5 posted 04-01-2012 02:13 AM

A very cool looking bird house and I’m sure you had a great time with your dad. Did you rip all that stock down from 2×4s or 6s?

Ron

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

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woodrookieII

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#6 posted 04-01-2012 02:17 AM

The logs were rough cut 2×4s, and the roofs were rough cut 1×4s.

....rookieII

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 04-01-2012 03:19 AM

Thanks Rookie, The sparrows and starlings are a constant battle where I live.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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TimberRidge

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#8 posted 04-01-2012 03:32 PM

Dad- you are so amazingly talented- thank you for making this for me- I LOVE it!! My purple martins and other feathered friends here in the woods will enjoy living in it! Love you, me

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john

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#9 posted 04-01-2012 06:15 PM

Great job on both houses !! I am glad you enjoyed building them :-)

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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lizardhead

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#10 posted 04-01-2012 10:35 PM

Nice project for very little $ materials

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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woodrookieII

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#11 posted 04-03-2012 01:19 AM

Thanks John, they are nowhere near as fine as some of your Masterpieces. But I think the Purple Martins will like them. :)

....rookieII

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woodchuckerNJ

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#12 posted 04-18-2014 02:00 AM

Wow, that’s great.. nice work, lots of work.

How’s that house doing?

-- Jeff NJ

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