Oak and Italian tile Bird House

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Project by scottb posted 09-01-2008 02:09 AM 3396 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a contender as an entry in the Gorilla Glue contest. I’ve got another birdhouse in progress in the basement and another, rather ambitious one on the back burner, inspired by a (I don’t even know what to call it… a mini brick and mortar wall in a tree at the Roger Williams Zoo in Rhode Island. – Yes you read that right, no I don’t have a photo), But I digress.

This six-sided birdhouse is made completely out of oak and some (nearly) 4×4 tiles (made in Italy) all salvaged from the day job. Approx 3” to a side, 6.5” across at the widest point, about 7” deep. The only hardware (screws) used are to hold the back of the house to the tree, and the house to the back – and keep it removable for cleaning. All joinery (wood to wood, and tile to wood) is done with the Gorilla Glue precision pen. This white glue foams up very little and is super easy to clean off compared to the original formula Gorilla Glue. A little scraping of the (minimal) squeeze out and you’re done.

The other birdhouse I’m still working on is another testament to the holding power of this white glue – It has a clay pot for the roof, and holds surprisingly well with so few contact points. It’s a bit heavier than this one, and I’m still working out where to put it and how to mount it – pictures to come when I do.

It doesn’t have a perch as one would expect, because of comments I’d read here, where bigger birds would use the perch as a place to stand and harass the smaller birds inside.

I mounted it over the rosebushes in the back yard, (on the edge of the woods) and can be seen from the kitchen window. (I was thinking about mounting the squirrel ferris wheel in that spot – for a little entertainment while doing the dishes, but having them fall in the roses would just be mean)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 09-01-2008 02:40 AM

Great looking bird house! I supposed you will have to charge a little higher rent for the Italian Villa look.


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#2 posted 09-01-2008 02:42 AM

Looks great Scott.

I think the ferris wheel belongs over the rose bush.

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#3 posted 09-01-2008 02:50 AM

Very nice work Scott. I,m sure the birds will love them .

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#4 posted 09-01-2008 05:12 AM

Cool roof. . Birds will love it. I like the color.

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#5 posted 09-01-2008 05:23 AM

That house rocks! er or uh..tiles! Great use of the glue.. Good Luck.

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#6 posted 09-01-2008 06:08 AM

looks great…

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#7 posted 09-01-2008 06:14 AM

Very nice Scott, & beautiful place for it.

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#8 posted 09-01-2008 12:14 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#9 posted 09-01-2008 08:34 PM

a LOVELY home you’ve created!
Great idea re: the tiles

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#10 posted 09-02-2008 02:03 PM

The birds will like that, I’m sure… great job

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#11 posted 09-03-2008 02:49 AM

Nice work Scott! The Italian tile makes for a nice “birdie upgrade” from a standard birdhouse…


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#12 posted 09-03-2008 05:36 PM

Congratulations Scott!

Hanging in there, has paid off.

You finally hit a home run.

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

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#13 posted 09-23-2008 07:28 AM

I am looking to build a custom bird house for my friend for a house warming gift. I want to have an exact match of the house. But i do not know what wood to use for the main of the house and the details?

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