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Old 11-04-2018, 05:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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A small birdhouse ornament, sans the bird. I need to get some at Hobby Lobby this week. Soft maple dyed cherry red over red-orange and a friction polish finish. I need to tweak a few things, mainly the proportions and whether or not to dye or use an oil, but for a test run it didn’t come out too bad. I cheated and used a dowel rod for the perch which I sanded a curve into at the end. It didn’t take the dye too well so I’ll try dying under vacuum if I choose to color them. I primarily used an IX collet rather than a jam chuck so the roof isn’t hollowed to shape but it’s still light. I’ve never had a problem with a piece flying off an IX collet, jam chucks are a different story. Any critiques/help/tips will be greatly appreciated.


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Very nice. I bought some bees at Hobby Lobby for a bee hive I turned. Lots of little critters there. Have some birds, just need to get into the shop and turn!
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I think that is very beautiful and I really like the shape !!!
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Nicely done and finished well.
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Thanks guys. I’m happy for it being a test run since I ended up with a useable ornament.

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Very nice. I bought some bees at Hobby Lobby for a bee hive I turned. Lots of little critters there. Have some birds, just need to get into the shop and turn!
That’s a great idea! One of our nurses informed me she likes yellow. Instead of a birdhouse ornament I might “borrow” your idea and make her a little beehive with a bee or three.
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Looks good. I too make many birdhouse ornaments and the nice thing is the shapes can be altered anyway you want. You can add finials, use different colored woods as accent piece. I have used rit dyes to color some. Yellow heart is good for the yellow look that you talk about. Spectraply is great for those too. I spray lacquer mine. Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Ac Moore all have small birds. Or you can get on line for cheaper if buying in bulk. Thanks for showing and keep at it. They are great sellers or make great gifts.
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Very nice - birdhouses are fun to make.

I use dowel rod for the perches also. I typically use a Sharpie to color them black regardless of the color/shade of the house itself.
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Well done. It's been a couple of years since I made these and by SIL has been asking for some. Maybe after Thanksgiving.

The perches are an excellent way to practice your spindle gouge skills if that sparks any interest. After 1-2, not that hard, and a nice activity.
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Looks good. I too make many birdhouse ornaments and the nice thing is the shapes can be altered anyway you want. You can add finials, use different colored woods as accent piece. I have used rit dyes to color some. Yellow heart is good for the yellow look that you talk about. Spectraply is great for those too. I spray lacquer mine. Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Ac Moore all have small birds. Or you can get on line for cheaper if buying in bulk. Thanks for showing and keep at it. They are great sellers or make great gifts.
Thanks for the info. I was considering a more durable finish like spray lacquer and you just sold me on the idea. And yes, being able to make several shapes adds a nice fun factor to the process. I have another chucked in the lathe as I type, maple body with a leopardwood roof. I plan on trying some resin ones too, all will be gifts to my daughters, mom, and coworkers.
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