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Modern Birdhouse, Poplar, Repurposed Redwood and Quarter Sawn Sycamore

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Project by 2ol2rac posted 01-02-2014 01:53 AM 1008 views 9 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this birdhouse as a gift for a woodworking friend. The inspiration was repurposing the painted over redwood house siding that I found in a construction dumpster (photo 2). Once I removed the paint the result was clear redwood shown in photo 6. Amazing transformation! I am in PA so we don’t see much redwood in these parts. I added a quarter sawn sycamore accent piece, glued to the redwood. Sycamore is an underrated wood in my view, gorgeous stuff. The redwood slides in and out of the front for hanging or cleaning out the birdhouse and is held in place with a brass screw into the shelf base which you can see if you look close towards the bottom. The poplar is finished in spar urethane for outdoor use. The redwood and sycamore left natural. The gift recipient happens to be a professional photographer and he kindly took a photo of the gift in his studio which is nice to have. Happy New Year!

-- Jim





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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 11:43 AM

Looks great. Always nice to hear about creative re-use of old wood.

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 12:43 PM

Jim, real nice. How many coats of the spar varnish do you put on? I like making birdhouses as well and got a good deal on some marine varnish and wonder if I should thin it for the first coat to let it soak in. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 07:12 PM

That is a great design. That sycamore grain is crazy. Very nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 03:26 PM

Cool and pretty bird house! Like the modern design and the wood combo is really awesome. Great job!

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