Birdhouse Christmas Ornaments

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Project by Ken Waller posted 11-21-2009 02:43 AM 9667 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two of the 12 birdhouse ornaments I’ve made for the local Christmas shows I’m doing. They stand approx 5” high. The walls of the body are about 1/16th” thick. The dark wood is cocobolo and the light wood is maple.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#1 posted 11-21-2009 03:05 AM

Great use for small pieces of wood.
I tell myself I should try making some tree ornaments but then I get busy on bigger projects and never get to it.
I will mark your for a favorite to remind me. Probably to late for this year….not enough time.

What is your source of the birds or do you make those too?

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-21-2009 03:43 AM

Very nice ornaments….... I just love those birdhouse ones….. and your finials are great: Birds add a nice touch, looks like the ones I saw in Michael’s, but was too cheap to buy them… LOL !

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 11-21-2009 03:57 AM

I really like these bird houses, t0yguy has some nice ones also. I will be trying to make a few also. Looking for a bigger smaller lathe. Hope to find a bigger midi to better run these types of projects. Good work.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#4 posted 11-21-2009 04:12 AM

These are great. Good for a Christmas present for someone who has everything. Nice turning and very
nice finials. Another idea for the want to do book.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 11-21-2009 05:22 AM

Fantastic ornaments. I need to get some of these done. The birds are a great touch. Hard to pick but I think I like the dark lid on the lighter body the best.

Keep up the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 11-21-2009 06:34 AM

These look great. Put on the Christmas list of gift projects for next year.

@Scrappy… if you can’t salvage those purpleheart pieces this would be a nice project.

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#7 posted 11-21-2009 06:35 AM

They look great

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#8 posted 11-21-2009 09:22 AM

neat…..nice ornaments…..good job

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#9 posted 11-21-2009 10:33 PM

Ken: very nice.

I hope that you have a great response selling them

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 11-22-2009 02:12 PM

I like the birds, a lot better than the ones I TRY to carve for my ornaments.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Ken Waller

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#11 posted 11-22-2009 04:39 PM

The birds are from either a Dollar store or Michaels (a crafters-store chain). The dollar store birds tend to have weirder colours to them.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#12 posted 01-10-2013 06:01 PM

Very Nice!

-- Joe, Maryland

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#13 posted 04-26-2013 11:44 PM

Very nice. Where do you get the birds?

-- Leonard H.

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#14 posted 05-06-2017 12:18 PM

These are lovely bird houses and are so nice and dainty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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