This House is for the Birds!

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-15-2013 01:14 AM 1465 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quite literally – this house is truly for the birds.

I am just finishing up with a total shop redesign and layout and I thought I would test out the new flow by doing a quick project before I get back into the bigger stuff.

What’s more fun than a birdhouse – and since I can’t do anything simple, I decided to give it some “character” by making a sort of “ski chalet” style, complete with a tiny porch and a chimney.

I used slats around the walls and the roof to be able to get the curves I wanted. I actually worried enough about keeping the birds dry that I put a layer of house-wrap under the slats on the roof sections! You can see it by looking into the entrance on Pic 3 I think. ;-) I also scored the inner front wall to make it easier for the young birds to get out when ready.

It’s made out of pine taken from a couple of palette slats.

No finish on this – the birds prefer it that way and so do I. Let it age naturally.

The thing is around 10 inches wide by 9 inches high and around 5 inches thick.

Quite cute – it’ll go out on the fence tomorrow.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Pete Jansen

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 01:20 AM

Very different, I love it. So how are you doing these days. Drop me a note.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 01:22 AM

Great design & build.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 01:22 AM

That one is very cool.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 01:52 AM

Very cool,a fun an unique bird house.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 02:28 AM

Very cool

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-15-2013 04:28 AM

I love this house. Looks almost like one I made. Quirky and right down my alley!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 05:00 AM

Yes it is and well done

-- Norman

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#8 posted 01-15-2013 11:43 AM

That’s really cool, Bob! It will look wonderful out in the yard. The birds are going to be happy! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 01-15-2013 01:16 PM


Funny how we build houses for birds who normally live in nests with no roofs. But I do it too.

Good looking build,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 01-15-2013 01:27 PM


That is really funny – I never thought about that! I will still make waterproof houses, but that is quite a funny revelation.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#11 posted 01-15-2013 03:43 PM

This is cool… I like it..!

-- Daris, Indianapolis,

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#12 posted 01-15-2013 03:43 PM

Wow. That is very nice. Hope the birds appreciate it as much. Post a photo of it in use at some point.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#13 posted 01-16-2013 01:57 AM

Very nice. Lucky birds

-- Janiece

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#14 posted 01-16-2013 12:58 PM

A very nice bird chalet

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 01-16-2013 01:19 PM

You’ve built a very nice whimsical birdhouse. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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