Bird Cage Entry table with woven Ambrosia Maple doors

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Project by billculpepper posted 11-26-2012 06:02 PM 3745 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oak and oak plywood hall table with woven amdrosia maple doors and inlay. A lof of “firsts” on this one. First attempt at a piece of “furniture”. I’m not an experienced finisher and dont have a HPLV sprayer so used a few coats of minwax stain/poly blend with steel wool in between coats to make it easier on myself.

Also first attempt using google sketch up. Ended up purchasing a video tutorial which was a huge help. This hall table was designed to fit a finch cage I built for my wife. (Cage is “working prototype ” out of poplar and i will post once the final is built). Doors were intended to be raised panel (again, FIRST time with cope and stick) but I made a last minute design change and used 1/16th” strips that I wove to make the “panels”. I liked this look better. Had fun laying out the pieces to created the accidental designs on the panels.

First attempt at tapered legs (only part below cabinet bottom is tapered). My teen daughter called it “legit”, my wife is o.k. keeping it in the hall, and the birds are still chirping. That’s good enough for me!

PS: Anyone know a good way to get iphone pictures or ipad pictures onto LJ?

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 06:11 PM

I really like the look. Maple on the doors is great.

I use Android based phone and tablet. I have no problems loading pictures.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 06:43 PM

Wow Bill this is as unique as it is beautiful. The woven door panels really work. Birds never had it so good.

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#3 posted 11-26-2012 07:18 PM

See I like these kinds of projects alot. They really show you that just about anything can be made from wood. Alas, the end of plastic is near…

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#4 posted 11-26-2012 08:12 PM

Nice design and that is really attractive!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 11-26-2012 09:42 PM

It’s nothing short of extraordinary !!! Love it.

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#6 posted 11-27-2012 02:08 AM

Very nice stand with unique doors but I really love the finch cage. I built a big round cage for our finches but have been disappointed to find that they can “shoot” bird crap at least 3 feet through the wire! I used 1/4” mesh. What wire did you use and do you like it?

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

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#7 posted 11-27-2012 03:21 AM

Thanks everyone!

@gfadvm: The finch cage has doors in front that are held in place with brass rods/pins and some cutoffs from a turning. However, both sides of the cage are hinged and have rare earth magnets for catches that allow a larger opening for removing bowls. The top of the cage lifts off as well, in two parts. The left side is smaller and has the large feeder attached (only have to change food once every 2 weeks or so!). Also, there are two trays at bottom for cleaning. I used 1/4” mesh as well but don’t have the “Projectile” problem you described. I researched finch cages and read that height does not matter as much as “length”, that the finches get exercise from flying side to side. I think with a round cage the “tail” is always aiming slightly toward a wall during flight. With a straight cage I must not be getting as much “exterior/posterior” aiming!

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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#8 posted 11-27-2012 03:52 AM

Consider yourself a lucky man if your keep their feces inside the cage! I’m convinced mine have ‘distance’ competitions.

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

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