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Building Jeff's log cabin bird house #1: log cabin bird house

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Blog entry by jeffswildwood posted 05-09-2020 01:18 AM 691 reads 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had to take a break from my train and I had some orders for my bird houses so I thought I would blog it and maybe someone would be interested in trying it. I had a few inquiry already so here we go. Most of the time I save my pine scraps for these but this time I needed to use some stock. No time to wait for scraps. I am building three at a time but if you follow along, it should be easy to change to one. For one, a six foot 1 X 10 works great with left over for a future project.

Making the logs: This is the first and most time consuming parts of the build. the logs are 7.25 long, 3/4 X 3/4. Just cut your 1×10 into initial length. one 7.25 cut will yield 10 logs. You will need 30 logs for the build. Three cuts. I had to do nine.

Now time for the notches. The notch is 3/4 wide, 1/2 inch from the end and 3/8 deep. This is where a dado set would really help out. I had to notch with a single blade. Very messy and tricky. A good router table would also work.

Set your table saw to 3/4 and start slicing. You will now have your basic log.

The picture shows my 90 logs! for one, just 30. Next is a trip to the router. Just round the log blanks over.

Time to begin putting the cabin together. Just a dab of titebond in the notches to form a square.

Begin stacking and gluing the squares together, At several points I drill the notch area and apply dowels. I just don’t trust glue alone plus it will be outside. I have also used finishing nails in the past.

Keep stacking until there are seven layers. If you plan as I did to put the hole on the logs remember to reinforce where the hole is going to be so when you drill they don’t come apart.

I use a 1 5/8 forstner bit for the hole.

Almost there! Time for the front and backs of the roof. Word of caution, draw a line 1/4 inch from the bottom of your stock. use this line to measure 7.25 for the width, find center and use a square for the apex of the roof. If you measure from the bottom of the stock when you notch for assembly, the ends will be too thin and will break off. I found this out the hard way. When cutting the notch, I prefer a band saw.

Set the roof ends in your last too logs with some glue and glue this to the cabin. This is where I use screws to hold the roof to the cabin.

Easy part, the roof: It’s your choice on size. I went basic on mine and attached with screws. Get creative as you like here. Also with the base. I made mine 7.25 X 7.25 but it’s your choice.

Here is my finished houses. Just stain or paint. Then next pictures show where in the past I got creative.

I really hope this helps anyone out and wants to try this bird house. It’s time consuming but the results are nice. I have a family of bluebirds living in mine. If you make one I would love to see it. If you have any questions, just let me know. I really like to share and see others try my projects. Thanks for following along.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".



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#1 posted 05-09-2020 02:27 AM

Nice, Jeff! Thanks for running through the technique. How would you clean it out at the end of a season so the birds have a clean house for next year?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 05-09-2020 02:42 AM



Nice, Jeff! Thanks for running through the technique. How would you clean it out at the end of a season so the birds have a clean house for next year?

- Dave Polaschek


Thanks for looking Dave. Very easy to mount on a pole and clean out. The same way. In the bottom I use four screws to hold the base on. To mount, just remove the four screws, attach to the top of a 4X4 or whatever, and put the screws back in. Clean the same way. Takes less then five min.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#3 posted 05-09-2020 03:10 AM

Those are really great. I just might have to copy them.

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#4 posted 05-09-2020 06:31 AM

Lovely and a great idea to make them this way.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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#5 posted 05-09-2020 07:00 AM

Homemade Lincoln Logs. One of my favorite things when I was a kid. That, and Legos.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 05-09-2020 07:46 AM

Very impressive Jeff.
This birdhouse making isn’t part of the Australian woodwork seen, but I see a low of folk on LJ’s make them

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#7 posted 05-09-2020 12:24 PM

Thanks for looking everyone

Bob-Give it a try. They are actually easy once you do set ups.

Dutchy-Thanks buddy

Mark-I too grew up with Lincoln logs. Really enjoyed them

crowie-If you make one, it may catch on in Australia. :-)

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 05-09-2020 12:53 PM

Ahh, got it Jeff. I’ve been fiddling about with hinges on mine. Might have to rethink that.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 05-09-2020 01:48 PM

Mighty fine looking birdhouses Jeff. I almost have the erg to make a few more. Really like this style I’m thinking about it.

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

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#10 posted 05-09-2020 03:25 PM

A great illustration Jeff. Thanks for sharing it with us. I need to make several of these for our feathered friends.

-- 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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#11 posted 05-09-2020 04:41 PM

thanks for the blog Jeff they are not easy to do and very time consuming *GREAT JOB :<))

The train is waiting for you LOL

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#12 posted 05-09-2020 11:24 PM

Thanks all for looking!

Dave-A hinge on the roof would work. Just a personal choice.

Dave DD-Give it a shot Dave. Hope to see it!

Lee-Same. Give it a try!

Tony-I have one picture frame to finish for my Son, then back to the train!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 05-10-2020 03:25 AM

Jeff I totally intend to use use up a bunch of my left overs for just like your nice bird houses. I’m certain that my wife will totally love them.

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jeffswildwood

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#14 posted 05-10-2020 12:35 PM

That’s great Bob. I use my scrap a lot for these. Trick is many times I have to notch each log, one at a time. Just takes a little longer. Can’t wait to see it!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#15 posted 05-11-2020 05:58 PM

Very cool Jeff! I’ve always admired these, I’m anxious to see how they come to be :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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