Google Maps Icon Birdhouse

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Project by KnotCurser posted 02-09-2013 04:39 PM 1485 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got a crazy idea a couple of weeks ago when using Google Maps. I saw the Icon they use for places and decided it looks kind of like a birdhouse. I think I should have stopped at that point. ;-)

The face is made of marine-grade ply and the container itself is a popcorn bucket I sprayed black.

A few cuts on the bandsaw, some sanding. A couple coats of paint and here it is! It’s around 14” high and 8” across.

To add a ton of strength to this, I sandwiched wooden discs on the inside of the bucket between the tree and the bottom as well as under the lid to attach to the face. To clean it, you just “remove the lid”. :-)

This might not be for everyone as it’s kind of “modern kitsch”, but my wife and I like it – let’s just see if the birds do in the spring.

Oh yeah – I DID do a Google search on this type of birdhouse and a guy in Japan is selling these made out of 100% injection molded plastic, so I’m not the first to think of it I guess.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 02-09-2013 04:52 PM

If they read “Google-ease” they will find it right away! :)

Great project!


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

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#2 posted 02-09-2013 05:25 PM

lol…..Sheila… Nifty idea bob….....OH, p.s. maybe you should put a “you are here” sticker on it also… hehehe

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 02-09-2013 05:32 PM

Great idea. Does it get bigger the higher the fly like on google maps :) You have a creative mind.

-- Michael and Matthew

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#4 posted 02-09-2013 05:41 PM

I just saw this the other day as well and thought it’d be really cool to make! looks like you beat me to it!! great design and execution!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 02-09-2013 07:55 PM

Too Funny! Nicely implemented though.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 02-09-2013 07:59 PM

I shared it on Google with “You are Here!”

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#7 posted 02-09-2013 11:19 PM

Got to admit….. This is pretty cool! Im digging it…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 02-09-2013 11:49 PM

HA…that’s pretty clever. I might have to make a few of these to put up at the cabin. Cool idea.

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#9 posted 02-10-2013 01:24 AM

Pretty cool :-)

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#10 posted 02-10-2013 02:04 AM

Pretty clever Bob. I am liking it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 02-11-2013 12:33 AM

There is nothing wrong with imagination, you’ve done pretty good for yourself. Nice job.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#12 posted 02-11-2013 02:28 AM

Great idea for a bird house

-- Woodify ~~

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#13 posted 04-17-2013 03:26 AM

Anything nesting in it yet?


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#14 posted 04-17-2013 03:53 AM

I bet the google bird will find it!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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