Copper Top Birdhouse

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Project by Shrub posted 07-25-2011 09:08 PM 4202 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am WAY behind on posting my projects lately. I have seven other finished birdhouses sitting in the dining room floor that need to be photographed and posted. I thought I would make another one for the birds of a feather contest. Hopefully I will get the rest posted this week.

This birdhouse started as some nice wide rough cut poplar and walnut I purchased at a local lumberyard and planed it down to size. I wanted to make sure the grain pattern of the poplar wrapped around the sides and front. The back and sides was box jointed together with the help of my Leigh jig. Rear vent hole were drilled, plugged from end grain poplar plugs then re-drilled. Like many of my birdhouses, I like to anchor the floor though the back of the house. I made it stand out a little proud to help hint at what is underneath. The bottom is made up of nineteen quarter inch strips that match the same width as the box joints.

The removable from door is made up of seventeen pieces. Why do so many of my projects turn into a math problem? My miter gauge and brain got a good workout. Since the grain pattern had to wrap around, I had only one piece to work with. The door is double layered to add depth and the walnut accents wrap the poplar to meet back into 45 degree cut sides. My normal hinged door with copper pin stays would not work on this one. I cut some walnut dowels and added eight rare earth magnets to keep it in place. Just grab hold and pull back to release the door. I realized afterwards I could have easily gotten away with only four magnets. The door intentionally stops short of connecting with the roof for added ventilation in the front. I added a ring on the back side of the hole that matched the bottom of the birdhouse for an extra touch. The inside was left unfinished and is ready to move in.

The roof was cut out of a copper mailbox I had to replace at home. I cut, folded, filed and sanded the copper into shape. The dimples were made from a ball peen hammer to help break up the top surface. My original plan was to leave it with the natural copper patina, but it looked too close to the color of the walnut. If I made a mistake stripping the copper, I figured time and weather would eventually get back to that look over time.

The birdhouse is finished with six rubbed coats of spar polyurethane and a final coat of wax for good measure.

Thanks for looking and good luck to all the entries that have been posted!

-- Shrub G. , Dalton Georgia

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#1 posted 07-25-2011 09:11 PM

When can I move in, it looks really nice! You used the color of the wood to accent the joints great look!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 07-25-2011 09:33 PM

Very nice. I love all of the detail on the front door and you did an excellent job of using different wood that blended the coper roof in perfectly.

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#3 posted 07-26-2011 01:52 AM

only for the social elite of the bird world

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#4 posted 07-26-2011 03:00 AM

way cool… gotta luv the wood!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 07-26-2011 03:56 AM

Excellent … Like always. You’ve packed a lot into this one.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#6 posted 07-26-2011 04:43 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments.

-- Shrub G. , Dalton Georgia

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#7 posted 07-26-2011 11:58 AM

Very Well Done!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 07-26-2011 01:14 PM

Great design shrub! alot of detail in that birdhouse great entry :)

-- -Thomas -

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#9 posted 07-26-2011 02:13 PM

That is really a great house you put so much details that it is amazing you must really have an extreme amout of patience to put the time into each item that you make.I love to see items that just amaze me like this one did.This will defiantly be added to favorites.

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#10 posted 07-27-2011 05:24 PM

woodman – I’m sure I THINK I have more patience than I really have. Just ask my family. Thanks nice compliment.

“Patience is a virtue, Possess it if you can, Seldom found in woman, Never found in man” – unknown

-- Shrub G. , Dalton Georgia

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#11 posted 08-02-2011 05:27 PM

Nicely designed and executed. I like the unique modern design and the construction looks to be earthquake proof!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 08-02-2011 07:05 PM

Thank you for the compliment. Hopefully I will not get to try out the earthquake proofness of it. Especially in Georgia.

Good luck to all the entries in this contest. There are SO many awesome designs. I am having a hard time voting.

-- Shrub G. , Dalton Georgia

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