Nik's Bird House

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Project by ToddE posted 06-19-2009 05:33 PM 1688 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son came in the shop the other day and wanted to build something. I asked him what he wanted to build and he told me that he wanted to build a bird house because he saw a bird going in and out of my grandfather’s bird house that he made 40 years ago. So, I stopped what I was working on and cut some wood and he put it together. Not a great feet, but don’t we all love to see them take an interest in working now a days. He stained it with a walnut finish and I see him looking out the window at it all the time. I know the excitement he must be thinkin knowing that he made something with his hands!

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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#1 posted 06-19-2009 05:50 PM

Very cool. Tell him I said it looks awesome!

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#2 posted 06-19-2009 06:46 PM

Great start for kids. I have done similar things with my grandsons.
Next he might want to build a Bat house. It sometimes takes a little longer for bats to find the house and use it (up to 2 years) but when they do they come back year after year and are fun to watch. You can get good plans on the internet. If he builds one be sure to mount it at least 10 feet high and facing the morning sun if possible.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 06-19-2009 07:46 PM

Nice job…glad to see some of his design decisions like the vent hole at the top and the easy clean out latch. I am sure he’ll have quests in it in no time. Thanks for sharing.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 06-19-2009 08:54 PM

You’re a great dad I take my hat off to you my friend and a wonderful littel child too I can just imagine him when birds fill that little house this has made my day.A little time spent with Dad is worth a pile of toys to a little boy ..Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 06-19-2009 09:07 PM

Your son did a great job . Maybe he can work his way up to one of my birdhouses some day .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#6 posted 06-20-2009 03:00 AM

Great job Nik! Now that school is out you can get plenty of shop time. You might try a pencil box as your next project. As a retired teacher I can tell you that a little back to school present from a student can start the year of right. Hint, hint.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#7 posted 06-20-2009 03:08 AM

“Not a great Feet” I beg to differ you stopped what you were doing and did a project with your son, nothing could be more important. Well built project. Well loved son. Keep up the great job.


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#8 posted 06-20-2009 11:31 AM

Good job Nik! You did some nice work there and made a bird family very happy. Well done. You should keep making things.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 06-20-2009 11:37 AM

Thanks Guys, You know what the coolest thing was, is that when we were finishing it and I was taking a couple pictures he asked me if I was going to put his project on the internet…pretty funny. I don’t get most of my own stuff on here and he knows where he wanted his pictures. Thanks for the kind words and I will let him read these threads.

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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#10 posted 06-20-2009 09:56 PM

Hey John, I don’t think we could come even close to your bird houses. Keeping him concentrated on a box was hard enough.
LesB, We have two bat houses, 25’ high, facing due south behind my house in a big cherry tree already. They have been there for four – five years now and not a single bat in them. I made them according to plans I got from the forestry service. Guess they don’t like them too much, we do have bats all over the place though, so, as long as they eat my bugs from my garden I am pretty happy where ever they live.

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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