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Project by hoss12992 posted 486 days ago 1388 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are just plain turned cedar birdhouses. We are blessed with ALOT of cedar trees on the farm, and can only use so many fence post and barn poles, so after the post and poles are cut to length we use the drops and go to the lathe. Alot of folks around here sure do like these turned birdhouses, and have sent them all over the US and a few other countries. They are super easy to make, and great for kids and beginners to practice their turning skills. We also turn them out of walnut, and other woods, but cedar is our primary wood used, as it is very abundant here, and holds up well out in the weather. Some we leave natural but most have some sort of finish on them. Most folks seem to favor the ones that we put tung oil and then poly on. I usually drill a 1 1/2” hole in them but about anything will work. I also put a I screw in the top of them. These are just a few of the ones we do, and they usually turn out alright.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn





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Handtooler

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#1 posted 485 days ago

Very nice lathe work and finish! It seems the entry holes are rather close to the bottom. How are they cleaned out after each clutch of hatchlings? Smoetimes I have three or four clutches over a summer stacked on top of each new nest in taller boxes or when entry holes are 3-4” above the bottom. Are there drain holes in the bottom? Have users reported good use of these maybe by Blue Birds, Fenches, wrens and such song birds?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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hoss12992

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#2 posted 485 days ago

Thanks Russell, these are for blue bird, fenches, wrens and the like. There is no clean out or drain holes. Never have a problem with water getting in. I find that fenches seem to really like the smaller ones, as most folks use these more for decoration in their gardens than anything else.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#3 posted 485 days ago

Great idea and I have a lot of cedar also . I see some in my future !

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#4 posted 485 days ago

I can see why they like them. They are beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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Handtooler

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#5 posted 485 days ago

I guessed your answers correctly. I likewise have lots of Cedar available in Chattanooga area. Ive turned several lamps from logs 4-10” in dia and up to 120” tall. I finished with oil, (Tung, Fornby’s tung oil finish, Linseed, etc.); a couple with Poly clear satin.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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hoss12992

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#6 posted 485 days ago

Wallkicker and Charles – Thanks for the kind words
Russell – I bet your lamps turned out great. Would love to see some pics of them. I use ALOT of cedar in my porjects, because I have so much of it here. My personal preferance on the finish is a coat of tung oil, with a glossy or semi glossy poly, several coats of it. In the pics above, some are glossy, semi and satin. I didnt post any that were left plain. I have not used linseed oil, how does that work for you. I will try it though. I have made several lamps and really enjoy the creativity that one has while turning them, as no two are ever exactly the same. I always refer to it kinda like Christmas, I think I know what it will look like, but not exactly sure until Im finished turning. Thanks again buddy, Hoss

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 485 days ago

Nice work, I like the design. Check out this link for what I call the Mother of All Birdhouses by another member:

Extreme birdhouse

I would build one but then every cat in the neighborhood would be stalking it. (Laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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hoss12992

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#8 posted 485 days ago

Thanks Woodbutcher, those are really nice birdhouses that the other member did. Thanks for sharing the link. I know what you mean by all the cats stalking. LOL

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 485 days ago

Those are pretty fancy birdhouses!

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

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devann

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#10 posted 483 days ago

Some mighty fine looking birdhouses. I really like the variety of shapes you have made.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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hoss12992

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#11 posted 483 days ago

Thanks Darrell much appreciated

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#12 posted 482 days ago

Great job and I too have access to a lot of cedar. I have found out most people don’t really care about what is good or bad for the birds, they just want something that looks great and your bird houses do.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)

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hoss12992

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#13 posted 482 days ago

Thanks Tom.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#14 posted 324 days ago

I love these Scott. You gotta show me how to do these.

-- Jason - Happiness is Homemade!! https://m.facebook.com/BurninBushPyrography

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hoss12992

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#15 posted 324 days ago

Thanks buddy, we can do that. As many as you want.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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