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Old 05-13-2018, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Mesquite birdhouse

My first birdhouse and it was a comedy of errors, which means I learned a lot. The next should be much better. Stands about 6.5” tall and the widest point which is the base of the roof is around 3.25” or so. I drilled the top so I can hang it in my palm tree which may or may not happen. Even with all the mistakes I’m satisfied with the result, and it was a lot of fun to make which is what really matters.


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Wow that is very cool.
I am still pretty new to turning this is the first time I have seen something like this. I really like it.
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Very nice. I like the colors and the natural bark edges. Yes, these little buggers have a few steps that are easy to mess up.

Thanks for sharing.
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I agree with Mark as I have made bird house for some time, and natural edge one can be a pain, by the way great job.
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Very nice. FWIW, you can find little birds in the dollhouse section of Hobby Lobby.
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Very nicely done, Jay !!! . BTW, could we see inside, please
Would kinda like to know the square footage !
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Great birdhouse!! I'll have to give that a try sometime.

I don't need the interior info, I seem to stay in the doghouse most of the time.

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Wow that is very cool.
I am still pretty new to turning this is the first time I have seen something like this. I really like it.
Thank you, and give it a try! These are actually pretty common and IMO are just a variation of a lidded box. If you make a small one you can just drill the body with a forstner bit and not have to mess around with hollowing it.

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Very nice. I like the colors and the natural bark edges. Yes, these little buggers have a few steps that are easy to mess up.

Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Mark. The most important thing I learned is to take notes when watching a video of how to make something instead of relying on memory...

Now what was I doing?

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I agree with Mark as I have made bird house for some time, and natural edge one can be a pain, by the way great job.
Thank you! I like the natural edge look but it was a little more difficult than expected. The bark wouldn’t stay on the first two bodies.

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Very nice. FWIW, you can find little birds in the dollhouse section of Hobby Lobby.
Thank you. I knew they had them but had no idea what section they were in, you made my trip to Hobby Lobby much easier.

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Great birdhouse!! I'll have to give that a try sometime.

I don't need the interior info, I seem to stay in the doghouse most of the time.

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Very nicely done, Jay !!! . BTW, could we see inside, please
Would kinda like to know the square footage !
Thanks Mal. I drilled it with a 1” forstner then hollowed the rest with a sorby hollower. Sanded to 400 but I realized after taking this I forgot to put any oil on the inside! One more lesson learned. I estimate it to be about 8.8 cubic inches interior living space. Comfy for a finch or spacious for a hummingbird.
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That's great Jay! Very pretty, love the design and I'm a big fan of natural edges. Maybe you could outline the steps and point out the pitfalls? I'd like to make one! We have finches all over the place and hummingbirds visit on a regular basis. Thanks!

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