Round Bottom Redwood and Cedar Shingle Birdhouse

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Project by Chase0118 posted 679 days ago 1827 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this. I got some scrap redwood pieces from an old kids play set and was playing cutting angles with my saw. I made half a barrel and then added the top. I decided to make my own cedar shingles, they range from 1/16 to 1/8 inch thick, 1’ x 1 1/2”. There are 154 shingles on this birdhouse. It is appr. 11” long and finished with Boiled Linseed Oil. I think it really pops.

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#1 posted 679 days ago

I think it is the coolest birdhouse yet.
I would be interested in learning how you made the shingles.


-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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#2 posted 679 days ago

Paul, I went to Home depot and they had some cedar siding in the scrap bin, which I cross cut into 1 1/2” pieces. Then I set up a sacrificial fence on my band saw set at 1/8” from the blade. I fed them in so that the grain ran up and down. I then stained some of them, put boiled linseed oil on some, them mixed both. Then i took a square and a utility knife and cut them into shingles. It worked, they look rustic.

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#3 posted 679 days ago

It is standing out among its class.

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#4 posted 679 days ago

Wow. That is really nice! Looks like it took a lot of time!

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#5 posted 679 days ago

Like it. Nice job.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#6 posted 679 days ago

Very nicely done.

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#7 posted 679 days ago

Only “high end birds” can live here?? (yuck-yuck)
Sorry, I’m just in a punny mood today.
Great bird house, I see the stand is on wheels are they functional or for design element?
I did a doll house about twenty years ago and put all 12 kagillion shingles on one at a time with a hot melt glue gun … note that I only did one …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#8 posted 678 days ago

Mike, the wheels where to move the birdhouse out of the way when I got a row of shingles on it. My wood working guild said they were useful to move the birdhouse behind me when this “snow bird” travels between Virginia and Florida. I think I am going to make a small cedar shingle mill with a water wheel for my brothers lawn next. We will see.

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