The Bird Garden 2.0 #1: Rebuilding a bird garden

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Blog entry by FreddieMac posted 10-02-2017 04:45 PM 1637 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Back in 2009, my wife and decided to do a flowerbed at home a bit different. We where having a lot of problems with insects around the house so the idea was to build a garden that would attract birds. Hence the Bird Garden, we dubbed it was born. We went to Hobby Lobby and purchase a bunch of birdhouses and put them together and let the kids paint them. Here was the first bird garden.

The Psychedelic Tiger

The Yellow Submarine with pink highlights

The Fire Engine

The Candy House for the unborn little girl

We really loved the bird garden and it did its job, the birds came to feed. It was a great idea, but fell into disrepair within about 4 years. I was working on my doctorate and did not have much time to do woodworking. Then once that was finished, we were hit by the flood. Well, no longer, we started building The Bird Garden 2.0.

So looking at the birdhouse potential, we decided not to use any pre-made birdhouse kits or feeders. Many because I wanted to build them. I decided to start using scrap boards. We still have the original hummingbird feeder and blue house feeder, we may include in this version.

We started with a bucket of wood left over from the house projects to build the first two houses.

One of my son’s wanted a church with a cool light colored blue and brown cross (11 years old). He chose all the colors and helped me assemble the church.

The second request was from my daughter. She saw a boathouse birdhouse on the internet (8 years old). So, we put everything together.

She helped me with every aspect of the boathouse. Including color picking and painting. That is just not an action shot, she and I spent about 6 hours together assembling and painting the boathouse.

Looking to the future birdhouse construction we are now processing scrap wood. I decided I would not have enough boards to do much more. Literally, I just have like 1 or 2 foot scrap of baseboard (fingerboard) left. So on Friday at work I went to the dock and grabbed three pallets. I probably will grab a few more this weekend for more lumber.

Spent most of Saturday morning processing it into usable 1/2” lumber thanks to my new tools.

I used some of the pecky wood from those pallets and built a couple of open face bird feeders. I also cleaned up an old recycle birdbath and placed it in the new bird garden.

I will be building a few more bird houses over the next couple of weeks. The big thing is my daughter was heavily involved as my shop buddy. She and my youngest son spend hours with me designing, cutting and painting the birdhouses. Has been a lot of fun.

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#1 posted 10-03-2017 12:50 AM

I’ve only built one birdhouse, but they can be fun. Especially when adding all the special details!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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