Junk to Treasure...But I'm not a woodworker, just married to one ;)

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This is my first real posting to LumberJocks although I am sure you all know Zuki my DH.

This is not “exactly” a woodworking project but it does contain wood and I had to work with it so …ummm…maybe it’ll qualify :)

We had a pair of ugly lamps, one was twisted and broken and Zuki decided to use the cord for something else, so it has been sitting in our basement for about 3 years, twisted and ugly. I was watching the little birds bathing in a mud puddle and decided it was time to buy a birdbath.

Looking at the old tattered lamp I thought, hey…I could recycle this into a beautiful bath for the birds. Picture 1 shows the sister lamp (how the old one looked in its original state). Picture 2 shows the bulb and casing inside the “bowl” of the new birdbath and picture 3 shows everything disassembled ready to be reassembled into the new creation.

Lamp to birdbath

I simply removed the middle two segments of the pole lamp and removed the light and stickers from inside the bowl. I was left with a bowl with a small hole and a nut showing ….

Ok here is the incredible woodworking part...The lamp had a wooden pole with a smaller hole. So I drilled out the hole to make it bigger… Ok …Okay…I held the pole while Zuki drilled it…Do you actually think he would let me touch his Dewalt drill… :)

I screwed the bowl into the wooden pole and filled the hole with some pure silicone to prevent water leaks.

Now I was left with an ugly knob in the middle of the bowl…I searched the house for something to cover it and found and old glass tealight candle holder which when turned upside-down makes a beautiful glass cone that reflects the sunlight as well as acts as a sundial within the new birdbath.

I hope you like my creation…even more so, I hope the birdies appreciate it.

Finished Bath

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#1 posted 07-15-2008 12:20 AM

Nice work! A retro styled birdbath. I like it

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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#2 posted 07-15-2008 12:23 AM

You did a very nice job!

It’s something the birds will thank you for.

And you did a great job of posting your project.

It looks like you will do just fine! especialy for your first project.

Now as you have started, don’t quit at just one project.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#3 posted 07-15-2008 12:28 AM

A most interesting looking birdbath. There is wood in it so there must have been some work with it, thus wood-working. Clean lines are always good in my mind and this has got ‘em. Nice work.

If you’re going to continue with these type of things (and why wouldn’t you), then Zuki will have to either learn to share or buy more tools. Don’t worry about passing this on to Zuki, I’ll let him know he can buy more tools now. ;-)

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 07-15-2008 12:49 AM

Oh my oh my oh my . . . . :-)

Hi ho hi ho . . . its off to Home Depot I go.

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#5 posted 07-15-2008 03:59 AM

Very creative!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 07-15-2008 04:20 PM

Excellent project! The glass voltive was the perfect compliment to finish it with.
Thanks for showing that to us.

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#7 posted 07-15-2008 04:25 PM

Looks like she’s going for the recycled contest. Look out guys.

Looks great. Best of luck on the contest.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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Callum Kendall

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#8 posted 07-15-2008 07:36 PM

Nice work!

Thanks for the post


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 07-15-2008 11:30 PM

Pretty nice!

I’ll bet the birds like it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 08-05-2008 12:01 AM

Great idea. Good luck in the contest.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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