Unusual Birdcage Stand – Re-Purpose with a Purpose

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Project by Picken5 posted 10-01-2013 03:54 AM 2013 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK – it happened again – only this was about a year ago. My wife brought home this round birdcage. The cage was pretty interesting, but someone had built a table-top stand made out of pine and particle board – and they painted the stand dark green – plus the base was warped. When I pointed this out to my ever loving spouse, she said in her typically perky voice, “That’s OK. You can fix it!” She also had the idea that we ought to incorporate an old ashtray stand we had that her grandfather had built years ago while he was in high school shop. (By my reckoning, that was probably around 1915.)

I had some leftover Makore from another project and fashioned the curved stand and round base under it. Nothing fancy, just some cuts on the band saw and a bit of trimming with the router. But the ashtray stand was all walnut—and, except for some minor bumps & dings, it was in pretty good shape. After stripping the old finish off it, and repairing the few dings, the ashtray stand became a birdcage stand – or maybe it’s a birdcage stand for a birdcage stand. Hmmm…

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#1 posted 10-01-2013 01:05 PM

lever combination
and she is happy, well worth a chocolate cookie and a mug of tea


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 10-01-2013 01:35 PM

Whatever you want to call it, it definitely looks good, but if she decides to put a bird in it, where do you put
the cage bottom liner? Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 10-01-2013 02:08 PM

It is a very interesting piece. It reminds me of a globe and stand. Very cool combination!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 10-01-2013 06:33 PM

Great re-purpose! Dark and light suits the globe stand theme. Nice job.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#5 posted 10-01-2013 09:04 PM

Very cool a great save and unique piece.

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#6 posted 10-02-2013 01:43 AM

Very cool looking.

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#7 posted 10-03-2013 02:37 PM

Interesting build and it looks really wonderful. It’s a great accent to the house, a conversation piece.

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