For the Birds

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Project by arudson posted 03-31-2013 05:51 AM 3094 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spring has come and it seemed like a good time to make some birdhouses. After WoodrookieII posted his plans for the log cabin birdhouse and the great video by Paul Pomerleau, I was really eager to make a few of these. Several years ago I made both varieties of the PlansNow bird feeders and had still had some left over cedar shingles so I used them for the roof of my log cabin birdhouses.

After making a few log cabin birdhouses I wanted to try something else. I searched old woodworking magazines from some birdhouse plans and came upon the great Octagonal Birdhouse plan in Woodsmith 117. Searching Lumberjocks and the web I didn’t find too many references of other folks having made this design so I decided I’d give it a try. I consulted with fellow LumberJock HallTree about his build and he provided with some good information. I stayed pretty true to the Woodsmith plan and all came out pretty well. It was a lot of fun making this and with digital angle gages, high precision miter gages and even hobby woodworking equipment offering reliable and repeatable cuts, this project is probably a lot easier than it was in 1998 when these plans were first published.

Part way during the build of these projects I dropped by a local birdstore (apparently that what they call shops that sell birdhouses, feeders and supplies) and learned that neither of these designs are particularly suitable for most of the birds in my area. The log cabin birdhouse really needs to the hole quite a bit higher, no perch and the cavity is about 2x too large. The Octagonal Birdhouse offering its four nesting sites is mostly suited for purple martins which around here nest closer to water. I still plan on mounting my ‘nesting boxes’ (terminology being another learning) and we’ll see what happens. For me, it was really about the build and I’ll mount them just the same to enjoy the fruits of my labour and well see what happens. No matter what, they were a lot of fun and I’m sure to make some other varieties in the future.

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#1 posted 03-31-2013 06:24 AM

Great job, they look awesome

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#2 posted 03-31-2013 12:40 PM

Very nice, my favourite it the two tier one.


-- 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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#3 posted 03-31-2013 01:03 PM

Quaint and beautiful. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 03-31-2013 02:13 PM

Excellent build on the Octagonal and I really like the roof of the log cabins!!


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#5 posted 03-31-2013 03:34 PM

Just so everyone knows .They are not woodrookies plans and he does not have permission to be giving them out to anyone . Sorry !
These designs are mine and they are trademarked

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#6 posted 04-01-2013 02:42 AM

You made a very nice looking Octagonal Birdhouse. As you pointed out the hardest part was cutting all of the miter angles. I like the red and white choice of collors. I have yet to paint the one that I made. The wife wants to paint it and keep it inside. She said it looks too good to put outside.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#7 posted 04-01-2013 05:44 PM

Really classy looking birdhouses!

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#8 posted 04-02-2013 04:31 PM

Awesome birdie home. I am sure your new residents will love it~

-- Ride hard or go home~

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