Birdhouse, Gift for Mom

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Project by JT23325 posted 05-05-2014 09:32 PM 1901 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With mothers day around the corner I was looking for something different, (as she is one of those people who has everything and in that is very hard to fine that unique gift) Well I was walking through my local Home Center I came across one of those plastic Made in China Humming bird feeders with a cone shaped top, from there the inspiration ran wild. I decided to use cypress as I happen to have an abundance of it and it is fairly weather resistant which is important since the houses will be finding their home in the Seattle area. As of the time of this posting I have applies 2 coats of a gloss spar varnish, with 3 more to go before I will be finished. I see some varation of these to be made out of Walnut and Black locust in the future….

The approximate dimensions are 8 X 22

The prototype is the one with the bulky stabilizer Of which the top is held on with screws to allow the ability to clean it out. The second attempt has a smaller stabilizer and opens from the bottom which hides the screws better. I am still not completely satisfied with the ratios but they are a work in progress..

Thanks for Looking

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#1 posted 05-05-2014 09:52 PM

Those are some mighty fine looking bird houses. Love the look!

ust a note here, I read that the occupants would be safer from predators if the perch was eliminated. It give the attacker a place to hold on to.
Great work nevertheless!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 05-05-2014 11:54 PM

I like turned birdhouses and these are great. Nice work. I put on 6 coats of the spar varnish on mine and feel that was good.

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

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#3 posted 05-06-2014 01:45 AM

Sweet bird houses!!!!!!!!! I love ‘em!!...................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 05-06-2014 11:28 AM

JT, nicely done. My wife is a big birding fan as well and has also told me that Wild Birds Unlimited recommends not having perches on birdhouses. The main body was segmented? with how many pieces? I can’t tell from the pics are top and stabilizer build up pieces? Thanks Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#5 posted 05-06-2014 11:35 AM

Now THAT is a beautiful and unique gift!!!!!

-- The most dangerous tool in my shop is the one I am currently using! Harvey

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#6 posted 05-06-2014 02:16 PM


I have herd that about the perches but predators are not a large problem where it is going and it just did not look right without it. On the bright side it can be removed should the need arise. To answer your questions, yes it is is 8 segments from 4/4 cypress (3/4”) would work also, just have to be sure that you get the blank centered if so. the top and bottom are made from a build up of 2” cypress blocks. The bottom is two parts, the block buildup as on top and the stabilizer is plugged and glued prior to turning. The Stabilizer started out as a 3”X3”X12” block. NOTE: My lessons learned dictate that I will make the the top overhang at least 2” next time vise the 1” I used this time

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#7 posted 05-06-2014 02:46 PM

Thanks for the great info. I would love to see some in progress shots when you build another version. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#8 posted 05-06-2014 02:49 PM

Your beautifully turned birdhouses are not only going into “My favorites”, I also printed out a pic to hang on the future projects clipboard that hangs in my shop. It will serve to remind me that I’ve been meaning for some time to turn some houses of that nature. I’ve always thought it would be cool to turn some houses that look like a large acorn, as oaks are plentiful where I live. Keep up the good work!

-- Woodfella, Northern Illinois

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#9 posted 05-07-2014 03:46 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed JT! Thanks For Posting.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#10 posted 04-30-2015 06:31 PM

On behalf of a humming-bird, I tell THANKS. It deserves Respect.
22” it is the total length, or only living space?
If from a wind shakes, birds aren’t afraid a swing?

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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