Bird Cage

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Blog entry by DustyNewt posted 04-21-2008 03:48 PM 3170 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We inherited a parakeet with an unfortunate attitude from some people who I thought were friends. My wife, being the compassionate and free spirited person that she is, acquired a mate for the bird, thinking that this might help her disposition. She then commenced to letting the little tyrant and her henpecked little subject out of their small cage on a daily basis to freely wreak havoc on the sun porch. They are destructive little devils.

This is Fidela Castro (blue) and Johnny Mercer (yellow). I call them Dam Frances, after the person who inflicted her on us, and Johnny Rotten.

Fidela Castro and Johnny Mercer

After the third or fourth time they refused to return to their cage for the night (they are not easy to round up), I struck a deal wherein I would build them a larger habitat in exchange for their permanent incarceration.

This is the result of this deal. My wife wants to tell her side. I told her to get her own blog.

I rescued an old end table from an uncertain demise.

This is the finished project.

Bird Cage/Habitat

The drawer is also the bottom of the cage and can be removed to facilitate cleaning. The drawer sides extend through the drawer front where I shaped pulls. I always wondered if this would work out.

Bird Cage - Drawer Detail

I pegged the drawer sides to the front, top and bottom, with 1/4” dowel.

Hand cut dovetails at the rear of the drawer case.

Bird Cage - Corner Detail

The finish I am not completely happy with. I guess it is okay for what it’s for, but it was really an experiment.
I first sealed the pine with thinned shellac then used an oil based stain (walnut) and the another two layers of shellac. Kind of an antique finish I guess you could call it.

Overall, I think everyone is happy. Although, the birds will not be relocated until tomorrow.

We shall see.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#1 posted 04-21-2008 04:07 PM

I’m sure the birds will be quite comfortable in their new, though, restricted space. Nice work on the cage and table.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 04-21-2008 04:10 PM

This is a great project, I really enjoyed the story that went with it. I went to the Photobucket page and saw how you made the doors for the birdcage, you really put some detail to this.

-- Thuan

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#3 posted 04-21-2008 04:17 PM


This is probably your only project that I will say is completely for the birds. :)

Seriously I am hope that this will help alleviate your wife’s anxiety about caging. But if she does want them to be free flying you could always leave a window open.

This is a nice project.

Thanks for sharing both the project and the story behind it. I enjoyed it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-21-2008 05:55 PM

Don’t do as Scott suggested! Leaving a window open…the poor birdys would fly out and be lost forever! They are obviously lonely. Get them an Iguana! Iguana’s love little birds. Or maybe a pet Python?


-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#5 posted 04-21-2008 05:58 PM

Hi Dusty,
Nice cage for them destructive little guys. I once made a cage from wood for my some birds I had at the time.
I thought it turned out great, the thing I didnt think about was that they loved to use them sharp little beaks to rip the wood to shreds. So my cage did not last as I thought it would.
The thing I am wondering about would be the finish that was applied and what it may do to the birds being that it is oil based….just a thought, good luck!

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#6 posted 04-21-2008 07:31 PM

Nothing like have little dinosaurs flying around all over the place….ugh…love your solution to the problem. Also, like the door…I, too, went to photobucket…anyway, a great solution. A cage for all seasons.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#7 posted 06-12-2008 12:22 PM

Nice bird trap, now their happy and so is the wife, right????

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#8 posted 06-12-2008 12:38 PM

Well Ed, now there is an issue with five kittens, their mother and an Uncle/Daddy Tom, all of which mysteriously appeared on our doorstep last month. The Birds are not happy about the situation at all, and I believe there is a rebellion brewing.
Life goes on….

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#9 posted 06-18-2008 06:38 AM

LOL. We had the opposite experience when we brought home a new bird. The cat got disgusted and moved out into the garage.

I do not know what the issue was….. Perhaps a photo of the bird would explain his attitude….


-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 11-23-2008 01:37 AM

Scarlet Macaw.

very Beautiful Birds. We raise Cockatiels.

We at one time had 17 Birds all together, 2 Love Birds, 2 Parakeets, 2 Quakers, and the rest were cockatiels.

And 7 Cages. We now have 6 Birds, and 5 Dogs, Most of my Birds passed on.

Nice cage thou… I like it.


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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