Beer For My Birdies

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Project by JAGWAH posted 05-12-2011 01:14 AM 3064 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was inspired by a fellow Lumberjock. A local mexican resturant helped me gather the caps so my first house here is for them. My next one will be more assorted and rarer caps. I just need 200 more.

I had difficulty smashing the caps flat. Just whacking them caused them to mushroom.

I went to my sketchup program and downloaded anothers work of a bottle cap. With that detail I sectioned the cap and tried to determine the radius needed in a steel ball to start the sides to spread out enough to allow flatening on a flat surface. It appeared to be slightly bigger than 2”. I could not find any steel ball that diameter that wasn’t expensive and not mail order.

Then it hit me…a ball hitch is 2”. And it has a handy flat spot on top. This has worked most excellent. Now if I can just find an easy way to remove the seal from the back side.

Edited to give thanks to Shrub for the idea, sorry I didn’t do that the first time.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#1 posted 05-12-2011 01:27 AM

Cool idea. I have an obsession with collecting beer caps. I have a small garbage bag waiting for ideas like this. I never thought of armor plating a birdhouse roof. Nice job. Nice motivation to buy some different beers!

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#2 posted 05-12-2011 01:38 AM

Hello my buddy I havent heard from you in ages. I hope all is well with you.

Interesting project you have here, I know there is a press that you can use to flatten the bottle caps, must be easier.
From the title of your project I thought you were feeding the birds beer….
There is a bird that comes here every now and again and it has only one leg, in the beginning he would somersault when digging for worms, I see he is doing much better these days

Thanks for posting your hard labour Jagwah.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#3 posted 05-12-2011 01:39 AM

this is just great
you would make third world shack builders proud

what an idea

cool bird house
probably keep you up till 2 every night
singing away

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 05-12-2011 02:04 AM

ROFLMAO A one legged bird, sweet!

I’m fine, been busy workin. I’ve just had a hard time getting around here lately. If you find where that flatener might be let me know.

For now I’m going in the back yard looking for one legged birdie.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#5 posted 05-12-2011 02:26 AM

I’ll take mine in shiner bock caps, if you have them…

If not, in the words of Garth Brooks, “just give me an hour and then..”

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#6 posted 05-12-2011 03:09 AM

Beer is proof there is a God. Corona is proof that he loves us! Nice birdhouse.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 05-12-2011 10:22 AM

Great looking also a nice thick steel

Good use of bottle tops, did you coat them?


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 05-12-2011 01:50 PM

Coat them? Naw if they rust it’ll just add to the look. Besides if it stays to pretty I’d have to raise the rent.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#9 posted 05-12-2011 02:20 PM

NIce, I have about 50 Shiner Bock caps, if you would like them let me know and I can drop them in the mail to you.

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#10 posted 05-12-2011 02:52 PM

Nice looking rental property !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#11 posted 05-12-2011 09:17 PM

Great idea! Now you’re not just a guy with a hammer—you have a ball hitch too!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 05-12-2011 09:37 PM

Ball hitch anvil, who knew! I love birdies and I probably spend more on their food than mine. I also have a great respect for beer, so this project really brings a smile to the mug. OMG, I just noticed Brandon’s comment above and I’m laughing openly.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#13 posted 05-12-2011 10:55 PM

I’ve heard the song “Beer for my horses”, but not for my birdies. I guess some of us will have to make a sacrifice and drink some beers to donate for the birds.

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#14 posted 05-13-2011 12:47 AM

MOJO1, thanks but I’d hate to see ya spend the money. I have several great sources here having 6 brother in laws and a 30 year old son.

Honest honey I don’t have a drinking problem I’m just tryin to build you a bird house…

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#15 posted 05-13-2011 12:51 AM

Nice Tweety house. I was going to post a link to a good rendition of “If I had a Hammer”, but then I saw this parody called If I had some Grammar. It has nothing to do with bird houses, but this guy had me in stitches (for all the wrong reasons). I hope it gives you a laugh. I want some of what he’s been smokin’.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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