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2022 Bluebird House #2

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 02-15-2022 06:05 PM 622 views 2 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After putting up the first bluebird house of the year yesterday, I decided there were a few things I wasn’t happy about with it, so I built another pretty quickly. I had dreamed up a new latch design for it, and the latch only took an hour to do, including time to turn the knob, so I’m pretty happy with that. The knob has a 15/64 shaft, which is glued into a 15/64 hole in a piece of 3/32 ash veneer, with 1/4 holes in the door, and a slot cut with my circular saw. Picture 5 shows that. The notch for the latch is hand-carved with a chisel (picture 6), and then I put another piece of 3/32 veneer over the front to close up the hole.

I like that latch design, and combined with the slot entrance to the birdhouse (waiting to see how the birds like that), it cut the construction time quite a bit. Putting on a flat roof did too, but I probably will go back to a sloped roof for next year’s birdhouse(s).

That uses up my pallet supply, so I guess I’m done with birdhouses until I get some more pallets from the hardware store.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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#1 posted 02-15-2022 06:39 PM

You’re never going to catch any fish in that thing!

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#2 posted 02-15-2022 06:50 PM

What are inside dimensions on that house and on the entrance opening?
I hope the birds like it.
I like the simplicity of it.

Be well,
Mike

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#3 posted 02-15-2022 07:28 PM

I guess a sloped roof would be better, for those infrequent rains.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#4 posted 02-15-2022 07:32 PM

You are going to need to do an inside checkout every day. Seems likely it’ll get full of junk mail and your neighbors credit card statements in no time 8^)

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#5 posted 02-15-2022 07:55 PM

Nice latch design, should serve its purpose well.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 02-15-2022 08:02 PM

Good point, CF! The good trout stream is over a dozen miles from here.

Mike, it’s roughly 5” square inside, maybe a hair over, and between 6 and 7 inches tall. Pretty close to what bluebirds prefer.

Yeah, Duck. We’ll see how it fares in monsoon season.

Thanks, Splint. It’s far enough from the road that I think it’ll be ok. The mailman doesn’t much leave his truck.

Thanks, Tom! I’m hoping it holds up and I can use that design in the future.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 02-15-2022 08:08 PM

That’s a very solitary looking neighborhood.

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#8 posted 02-15-2022 08:10 PM

We’re kind of on the edge of the junipers here, Bob. The door of the birdhouse is about 30’ from a juniper that was behind me as I was taking the picture, and there’s another just about 10’ to the right as you’re looking at the house.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 02-15-2022 08:29 PM

Nice job Dave and I especially enjoy the high teck latching mechanism – doubt if the bluebirds will notice it tho

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 02-15-2022 08:36 PM

Having Bluebirds love you isn’t a bad thing Dave. :-)

A nice global, well at least USA inclusive page for anyone interested in having Bluebird neighbors. We have Eastern’s here, and they have a nice song, and people love watching them.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 02-15-2022 08:37 PM

Thanks, Dick! I was wondering if they’d end up using it as a perch. Time will tell.

Thanks, SteveN. I think, given the flock that’s been hanging out in our junipers, they’re on the way.

If we get too many more, I’ll feel like Tippi Hedren in a Hitchcock movie.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 02-15-2022 08:52 PM

Nice latch system.

I just drill hole from the sides into the edgeof the front, on each side, near the bottom and insert a nail. I make the hole loose enough I can remove the nail with my fingers. Those double headed temporary construction nails work and give you a protruding head to grip.

I was just cutting up some more T-1-11 scrap plywood to make more nest boxes for the swallows.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#13 posted 02-15-2022 10:48 PM

Gheeeeeez I see 8 of them – have you applied for county food assistance ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#14 posted 02-15-2022 10:48 PM

Speaking of perches, do bluebirds like them? it would be easy to incorporate one.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#15 posted 02-15-2022 11:01 PM

Dick, there were about 50 in that flock. It’s kinda crazy.

Duck, I think they do, but the other birds that compete with them for nesting space (or eat baby bluebirds, like our ravens do) like perches more.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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