8 blue bird houses

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Project by JAcker posted 04-28-2013 12:39 AM 1333 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fourteen 5-7 year old girls, $80 and most of my tools offline. The boxes are cedar and were assembled and painted by the girls with only a little adult help.

I started with some plans I found on-line courtesy of the State of New York. I cut the pieces (last picture) in batches on my miter saw. I cut the “door” holes in pairs on the drill press. I pre-drilled the “hinge” nail holes and nail holes on the roof and backing board. It only took about 30 minutes to do all the cutting – longer to sand the edges so the girls would not catch splinters.

Construction was a blast and, somewhat miraculously, only one of them was put together wrong. I am glad I spent some time planning the pre-drilled parts and coming up with an assembly plan.

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 01:36 AM

Good job JAcker. I did a similar project a about 18 years ago with a bunch of Cub Scouts. I ended up making kits for several other dens and a seniors group. I found some cedar fence pickets for around $1 each and was able to get 1 bluebird house out of a 6’ fence picket. Some of those bird houses are still hanging around town.

-- Campzeke, Tampa, FL

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 11:43 AM

”somewhat miraculously, only one of them was put together wrong”

Says WHO? :-)
If you mean the one that the house is mounted on the bottom of the back board…. maybe she thought it looked better and would be easier to hang from a tree that way?

Good job on preparing the kits in advance. And now 14 more little girls have been introduced to the world of woodworking. (insert applauding smiley-face here)

I did that once with 40 bird houses. We had the ladies glue/assemble them at the workshop and then they took them home to decorate. Almost all of them were brought back to the next months workshop for a “Show & Tell”’

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#3 posted 04-28-2013 05:33 PM

Getting kids involved in woodworking is always a thumbs up in my book. Great job.

-- Jay -

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