Potato Crate Bird House becomes a Feeder

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Project by robscastle posted 02-17-2017 08:16 AM 1231 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been repairing a few potato crates this month.

I am pleased to report very little of the broken pallet boards actually made it into the dumpster.

Thats got to be good for the enviroment if nothing else.

The broken discards attracted the attention of the Smiths workers for the following repurposes,

1. Building butcher blocks
2. building chicken coops
3. Making signs
4. Making bird Feeders
5. For the slow combustion stove.

1a. Good luck making a servicable butcher block from them,... no chance of any shrinkage there.
But they have got to be a tough act to turn into a item like that.

2a. The chicken coops, just predrill and then screw and you are away.

3a. Signs. Guess who made a sign for the staff

4a. Read this article.

5a. Otherwise stand around any enjoy the radient heat guarenteed not to burn out overnight!

The Bird Feeder

The bird feeder was the customers design requirements, so if there is something odd noticed I may no know the answer and dont ask me, .... I was just following instructions comes to mind.
However conceided defeat on the nane and changed it from House to Feeder

Basic woordworking skills here, de-nailing, mag testing, and then thicknessing followed by the individual part preparation to produce the final result.

Customer wanted to apply the final finish.

The Potato Supply Sign This definately a SIGN!!

Thicknessed and sanded, then routed using my “old” Milescraft Lettering Jig”... you wouldnt even buy one of these this day and age.

Final sanding was to 1200 grit (mainly because the timber would refelect the effort) then using silver leaf for the letters all was complete.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 02-17-2017 09:27 AM

Rob, you certainly have put that wood to good use. I admire your frugality. I always like seeing your projects. Thanks for sharing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 02-17-2017 11:56 AM

Very interesting Rob.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 02-17-2017 02:56 PM

Looks very nice, but bird “HOUSE”??

With no sides on it for the birds to build a nest in, it looks more like a bird FEEDER to me.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 02-17-2017 05:44 PM

I have never seen a Potato Crate in my life…

Where’s the House…

... looks more like a bird Feeder to me…

Looks COOL… You’re hooked on them… I can tell… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 02-17-2017 08:09 PM

OK OK so I am not a Bird house expert, however after looking up some on the site I have to admit its as JoeinGa and Joe Lyddon reports more llike a “bird Feeder” so bird feeder it becomes and hence the Title name change.

Now the other question about Potato Crates.

Here is one in the flesh under going repairs.

Come to think of it I did make a bird house some years ago, but as it didnt get the daiy top 3 I gave up.

(I think it sucummed to the weather)

Thanks Guys for evaluating my project, and educating me in the facts of life regarding bird houses.

Just out of interest I put the “Feeder” on the scales and it weighed in at 9.8 kGs or 21.6053 Lbs for those who live in the dark ages !! tee hee. Thats one heavy mother,Typical of Bob Wemm country Jarrah.

P.S. Also all you patrotic USA guys… If you get a moment check out Teds birdhouse post in the forums, (Hopefully no relation to the “other Ted.!)

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 02-17-2017 08:52 PM

This is a great looking bird feeder and I think that it’s wonderful that it was made out of recycled wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 02-17-2017 09:20 PM

yeah I gotta agree with joe,its a better bird feeder.but what ever you want it to be its not landfill and that’s always a good thing.nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 02-18-2017 12:44 AM

That Feeder is a TANK FEEDER… H E A V Y !! LOL

I guess you have to use Heavy Chains to hang it? LOL

All in fun… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#9 posted 02-19-2017 06:25 AM

The bird Feeder with its finishing Coat on and tenants awaiting.

I had the Bird Feeder PU today and not long later I received an email with a couple of pictures attached.

So I thought it best to share them around.

So here they are:-




I must say I am impressed with the timber result, the transformation from scrap destinied for the bin to that of the begining of another life as a completely different functional item is impressive to say the least.

I wonder does it happen to the human race?

1 and 2 are the Feeder sitting on the patio, the 3 one is the birds lining up to see what it is!
There is nothing beating the Australian Magpie for curiosity.

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 02-20-2017 01:47 PM

Very nice. Birds gotta eat also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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