A Birdhouse Turning For The Birds

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Project by doubleDD posted 179 days ago 1271 views 1 time favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to push Spring a little and make a bird house in hopes of warmer weather so I can see some of my feathered friends again. My first attempt was a cedar log that I purchased. It blew apart and had a lot of rot in it. Figure that one out. This log I had laying around for a couple years and looked to be the right size, and free.
It turned out nice when I saw all the spalting in it. It gave it that more natural look.
It’s about 9’’ tall,8’’ in diameter, finished with spar urethane.
Build it and they will come. Thanks for looking.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#1 posted 179 days ago

I think I will make one this year too – thank you for the inspiration.

How big did you make the hole? Around here (Aurora IL) if the hole is too big we get all the undesirable birds, grackles etc. A smaller hole will only let in the smaller songbirds. Actually, I have to look that up.
Plus the price is right – FREE! Great job.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#2 posted 179 days ago

Thanks Uncle Stumpy. I made the hole 1 1/4’’. You can go online and find out what size hole to drill for the species of bird you prefer.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#3 posted 179 days ago

Very cool. Looks like an acorn.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#4 posted 179 days ago

I am sure they will love it

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 179 days ago

How timely, my wife and I were just talking about me building a new bird house. Thanks for a great idea Dave, the birds will love it.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 179 days ago

Thanks for sharing with us! Like the others above, this gave me the desire to turn one also.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 179 days ago

nice – are you worried about it splitting as it dries?

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#8 posted 179 days ago

If I were a bird, I’d be proud to call that home.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 178 days ago

That is gorgeous!!

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#10 posted 178 days ago

Great job buddy. Love it!!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 178 days ago

Thanks Monte, it just turned out that way.

Thank you deon.

Thanks Lee. I thought I give it a try on the lathe.

Thanks Kelly. It was fun turning and designing as I went along.

Hi Ken C. The log was dry so I don’t think there will be a problem. If it does warp or crack, It will add more character to it.

Thanks msjam, hoss. I welcome the comment.

Thank you Bill. It has a rustic look to it and I wouldlive in it too.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#12 posted 178 days ago

I couldn’t agree more with the comments in post #8. Beautiful wood and finely crafted. Here in the Midwest we need all the help we can get bringing in the spring season. Great work !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#13 posted 178 days ago

Nice job and a great looking house for the feathered ones. Like how you did the bottom/clean-out too.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#14 posted 178 days ago

Keep pushing Dave I sure could use some spring and more birds at the feeder .
Nice bird house turning and I hope you make more remember if you build it they will come .
Good job Buddy .

-- Kiefer 松

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#15 posted 178 days ago

Wow Dave….that’s pretty danged neat. I see that log and I am thinking how can I break that down into usuable lumber. How you worked that sweet birdhouse out of it is beyond me….great job buddy

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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