|Project by arudson||posted 03-31-2013 05:51 AM||1846 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
Spring has come and it seemed like a good time to make some birdhouses. After WoodrookieII posted his plans for the log cabin birdhouse and the great video by Paul Pomerleau, I was really eager to make a few of these. Several years ago I made both varieties of the PlansNow bird feeders and had still had some left over cedar shingles so I used them for the roof of my log cabin birdhouses.
After making a few log cabin birdhouses I wanted to try something else. I searched old woodworking magazines from some birdhouse plans and came upon the great Octagonal Birdhouse plan in Woodsmith 117. Searching Lumberjocks and the web I didn’t find too many references of other folks having made this design so I decided I’d give it a try. I consulted with fellow LumberJock HallTree about his build and he provided with some good information. I stayed pretty true to the Woodsmith plan and all came out pretty well. It was a lot of fun making this and with digital angle gages, high precision miter gages and even hobby woodworking equipment offering reliable and repeatable cuts, this project is probably a lot easier than it was in 1998 when these plans were first published.
Part way during the build of these projects I dropped by a local birdstore (apparently that what they call shops that sell birdhouses, feeders and supplies) and learned that neither of these designs are particularly suitable for most of the birds in my area. The log cabin birdhouse really needs to the hole quite a bit higher, no perch and the cavity is about 2x too large. The Octagonal Birdhouse offering its four nesting sites is mostly suited for purple martins which around here nest closer to water. I still plan on mounting my ‘nesting boxes’ (terminology being another learning) and we’ll see what happens. For me, it was really about the build and I’ll mount them just the same to enjoy the fruits of my labour and well see what happens. No matter what, they were a lot of fun and I’m sure to make some other varieties in the future.