Bird House

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-08-2021 10:57 PM 703 views 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is replacement birdhouse for the 30Yr old one outside my barn window. It had split and fallen apart.
My great granddaughter would like to check out all the birdhouses around the place and the last time we looked at this one, it was pretty bad to where the access door fell off.

This one is made from 120 yr old cedar from a pickle vat here in Grand Rapids. The wood is 1/2” thick and the vertical joints are lock mitered with glue and few air nails for insurance. There is a stainless hinge on the back and all the screws are stainless. I wanted access to clean it out so I made the top flip up and put a brass bracket on the front that is screwed down to keep the wind from blowing it up. Little McKinlee tried to help screw on the hinge but she is only 3 and quickly lost interest.

It is finished on the outside only with boiled linseed oil to help shed water. After it weathers for a while, I’m sure the birds with take over like they did the last one every year.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 10-08-2021 11:22 PM

Looks good Jim. I’m sure she will one day make a good assistant.

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 10-08-2021 11:32 PM

Nice project to get her involved. She got big quick Jim

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#3 posted 10-09-2021 12:01 AM

Nice project with your granddaughter Jim. Soon you can give her her own set of screwdrivers. I like the pertruding ring on the entry hole. Should help keep bigger birds from pecking it out.

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

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#4 posted 10-09-2021 12:03 AM

Great project to get the young lady interested in woodwork while helping the local birds, top marks Jim!

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

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#5 posted 10-09-2021 12:53 AM

oh jim she is just precious man,warms my cold heart….....did you say something about a bird house ?

-- 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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#6 posted 10-09-2021 01:14 AM

Really cool Jim,
I also think the “Little Bird” is a bit big for the house. LOL


-- 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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#7 posted 10-09-2021 02:07 AM

Great job Jim. Cute granddaughter, and wonderful that she likes to help out.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#8 posted 10-09-2021 03:13 AM

Look’s good Jim! Stainless hardware way to go!
What makes this project even better is when your helper is your granddaughter.
Her expression in photo #4 is priceless! She’s a cutie

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

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#9 posted 10-09-2021 03:54 AM

Don’t know what’s cuter the house or your help. Definitly your help !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#10 posted 10-09-2021 07:49 AM

She so cute… nice birdhouse

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 10-09-2021 12:38 PM


She is darling! So cute in the photo of putting screws in.

Bird houses are great learning projects and the birds like them too.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#12 posted 10-09-2021 12:50 PM

Rather than hinging the top, my current birdhouse design has the front hinged, so it raises up. Means I don’t need a ladder to clean out last year’s nest. But yours is definitely a good looking house, and you’ve sure got a cute assistant!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 10-09-2021 02:05 PM

such a cute little helper you got there she is growing very fast GREAT JOB :<)))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#15 posted 10-09-2021 02:47 PM

Nice design. I like the idea for the entrance by not having a perch post but still a way for great footing when the little ones leave the nest.

Great granddaughter is really cute.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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