The LJ Inn , Extreme Birdhouse # 44, Gorilla Contest .

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Project by john posted 08-31-2008 02:46 PM 4912 views 4 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone , This bird hotel is dedicated to a very good friend of mine and fellow Lumberjock Lee A. Jesberger . I call it the Jesberger Inn .
This bird mansion is made from 100 year old reclaimed barn wood . It is 5 ft wide , 7 ft tall and 42” deep.
The railings are made from 1/4” steel rods and on the roof there is a built in bird bath for the little birdies to swim in.

This is my first time using Gorilla glue and i am very impressed by it,s strength . It makes for very tight joints .I will be definitely using it again on future projects .I use the glue for all the windows and the base.

The most challenging part of this contest was getting done on time . lol

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#1 posted 08-31-2008 03:22 PM

Geeeze John, couldn’t you have made a BIG birdhouse? ;)


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#2 posted 08-31-2008 03:26 PM

Wow this is really tedious project.
I don’t think I have the patience assemblying hundreds of small parts like this one.
Does the contest require minimum number or parts to be glued up anyway!
You did great job John. I love the design and the details., and everything…

I used to cancell hotel reservation when I found there was no swimming pool facility. I’m sure my son would love your bird palace very much knowing it has a bath.

Best of luck John.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 08-31-2008 03:30 PM

That’s just flat out awesome… But it begs a few questions, the first of which is where do you put it now and the second, are the apartments going to be wren controlled?

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#4 posted 08-31-2008 03:50 PM

Another spectacular display of craftsmanship. I really like this one. It is birdhouses like this that I chose to name the one I built a hut. Great job and thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 08-31-2008 04:10 PM

“wren controlled”

Groan…......... :D

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#6 posted 08-31-2008 04:15 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#7 posted 08-31-2008 04:16 PM

Thank you everyone for the very nice comments . This bird house is for sparrows , they will fill it in no time .It will be mounted on a single post 8 – 9 ft in the air .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#8 posted 08-31-2008 04:28 PM

Hi John;
—-and once again you’ve made the grade in your building skills!
I guess I would say once a carpenter//home builder//framer….all-ways one. I even noticed the hammer, now my question is….is that about a 28oz. milled faced claw Estwing size board persuader?

Your use of re-claimed barn wood and the the impressive photos leading up to the conclusion are great and….how about the balancing act with the glue bottle on top of the bird entry way.

Great birdhouse and great wood art….

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#9 posted 08-31-2008 04:36 PM

another amazing piece

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#10 posted 08-31-2008 04:38 PM

Hi Frank and thanks . That was the hardest part of all balancing that glue bottle . I have 4 hammers , one is a 20 ounce , 2 are 22 ounce and the fourth one is a 28 ounce . Every now and then i give the logs a smack down to keep them all tight as possible .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#11 posted 08-31-2008 04:39 PM

Thanks again Dan .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#12 posted 08-31-2008 04:53 PM

Wow! Another great birdhouse. The size of these really gets me I love the giant ones!. The black painted roof and railings are a great touch..really gives it a classy high end look. Add that to your collection of masterpieces!


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#13 posted 08-31-2008 05:44 PM

Woow, that looks more like a bird castle than a bird house. Nice job.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#14 posted 08-31-2008 05:47 PM

I never tire of looking at John’s extreme bird houses. The craftmanship & ingenuity is always outstanding.


-- Lee

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#15 posted 08-31-2008 05:59 PM

Very nice, it makes me want to be bird.

-- Dennis Zongker

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