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Project by grizzman posted 04-17-2011 05:12 PM 2583 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is a triplex bird house, it was made for a friend who helped us during my mother in laws passing and i wanted to give them a token of our as they had walked around our yard and had seen some of the other bird feeders and such that we have, they commented on how much they liked them, so i knew they would enjoy one for there yard. this bird house is made from red cedar, walnut and oak, and southern heart pine, the main part of the bird house is made from southern yellow heart pine, they were cut into 1 inch strips and glues and nailed together, the gable ends are walnut and oak and the front is red cedar with walnut openings, there are three coats of outdoor urethane and the roof is one piece of tin.the front is all one piece and is hinged on the front , so it all opens at once so that is can be cleaned out, and is held closed with a cabinet latch on the inside. the way this bird house is supported is by a collar on the bottom that slips onto a 4×4 post and has several screws ran into it, it was a very fun build and one that i hope our feathered friends will enjoy staying in..thank you for taking a look…and if your wanting to stay over a night yourself…just flap your arms like a bird and sing tweet tweet…….....grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#1 posted 04-17-2011 05:15 PM

Looks great Bob a wonderful thank you gift.Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 05:20 PM

A wonderful gift that they will certainly cherish for a lifetime! (As will their feathered friends!)

Great project!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 04-17-2011 05:23 PM

I like it alot. The look is great.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 06:16 PM

I took one look, didn’t even have to read it, immediately realized you had built a new house for your family to replace the one the tree fell on. I didn’t realize the damage was that great.

Having a little trouble with perspective, but love the round doors, how are you gonna hinge the doors? and with that stilt it is far enough up so that no floods will get it. I assume it is a triplex, with room for visitors and the third must be your shop…......just throw the sawdust out the window? No I see, you just open up the whole front of the house and sweep out the shavings. When are you gonna run the plumbing and the electricity? Don’t think a bear could climb up that pole…......but nothin’ keeps the coons out. Course you could be attacked by a marauding gang of chimpanzees.

Just swell, Grizz…........just swell…............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 06:48 PM

What a lovely gift for your friends, I’m sure they will enjoy this Grizz Apartment complex. Just hope the neighbors get along :-) Well done.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#6 posted 04-17-2011 07:08 PM

Very nice Grizz and a nice jesture too.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#7 posted 04-17-2011 07:51 PM

Nice work Grizz, let us know if they use it. They only used one of the 4 I made for teh grand kids and the wife last year;-(

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 04-17-2011 07:51 PM

Great design. The metal roof will last forever and the hinged front will make it easy to clean.

I would make two suggestions.
One. You need some drain/vent holes in the bottom and I can’t see from the pictures but there should also be some ventilation at the top too. The drain holes keep it dry and discourage blow fly maggots which can cause a problem.

Second. The size of the entry hole can be critical in some areas to keep out Starlings , English sparrows, and other aggressive invaders who will attack eggs and young birds and take over the nest. A good size for smaller birds like swallows and Purple Martins is 1 3/8”. If your holes are larger you can add an over lay block with the correct size hole. That also makes the entrance deeper and harder for predators to reach in.
Of minor concern is the perches. They are not necessary and only allow predator birds (Jays, etc) a place to stand while they attack the nestlings inside.


-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 04-17-2011 08:24 PM

Nicely built Grizz and a kind gesture as well.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 04-17-2011 08:45 PM

Grizz, thats a nice looking birdhouse.

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#11 posted 04-17-2011 09:14 PM

Well I like it and am sure they recipients do too..

-- Be safe.

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#12 posted 04-17-2011 11:52 PM

Nice one Grizz, I have a commercial one that my Daughter gave me a couple of years ago which has fallen to bits already, so guess what… I now have a great design to work with.
Good to see we are now introducing “high density”city dwellings for our fearthered friends :))))))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 04-18-2011 01:00 AM

What a great way to say “Thank You”

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#14 posted 04-18-2011 02:07 AM

Well done, Some little birds will be super happy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 04-18-2011 02:59 PM

There will be a waiting list for birds wanting to stay in this triplex! Nice job Grizz.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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