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    Birdhouse Tutorial

    Jonathan here is how I make my birdhouses. I hope this helps. I am sorry for some of the pictures being out of focus. I don't have a setup to do this so I am trying to show things with one hand and take a picture with the other. I think I am going to order a tripod and hopefully that will help. Anyway here goes.

    As I stated I start with 2 x 2 x 5 block of whatever wood. I use lightwood so I can color them. I use COPIC pens from hobby lobby and they do work well. I also use transtint dye. The body is turned so that when the inside is drilled it is about 1/8" or so thick. I use a 1 3/8” forestner bit (you could use a 1 1/4" bit) to take care of the inside. Before drilling the inside out I drill a ” hole for the bird opening and 3/16” hole for the perch. I just use 3/16” dowel rod. You could turn them but I just don’t. Once the body is turned, holes drilled and the inside drilled, I trim off the body so I have about ” above the bird opening and part off about 1/2" below the perch.

    Next I measure the bottom inside diameter and outside diameter. I use a parting tool to get these two measurements transferred to the bottom piece. I leave about 1 ” below this so I can turn the acorn or whatever embellishment you might want. Once turned and sanded I part off the bottom. You may have to sand the tenon to get it to slip into the body.

    Next comes the roof. I round out a blank that starts as 3 x 3 x 4. Then I begin to form the roof. I measure the outside of the top and transfer that measurement to the roof. I then cut the recess slowly and in tiny increments until the body fits fairly snuggly. I then hollow the inside out somewhat to lighten the top. From there I turn the outside to whatever form I desire. I try to make the thickness from inside to outside about 1/8” to no more than 3/16”. Don’t hollow to deeply maybe 1” or so and you have to be careful because as you thin the outside it can tend to want to chatter. I bring up the tailstock and livecenter to kind of combat this.

    Once they have all been turned you can embellish it most any way you want. Once that is complete you can then glue the bottom, the perch and the top. Finish with whatever you want. I use lacquer which is fairly fast drying so can apply a lot of thin coats in a short period of time. Hope this helps and will help with those that would like to try these. My granddad always said a picture is worth a thousand words.
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    Last edited by Bernie Weishapl; 08-13-2012 at 02:51 PM. Reason: Correct mistakes found.
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    Here are the rest of the pictures.
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    Mice tutorial Bernie. I make mine just a little smaller than you do. I have made larger ones but they don't seem to get as much attention as the smaller ones. Have you tried differant sizes? Like the way you colored the one to make it look like wood boards.
    Dennis

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    Thanks. Dennis I do make all sizes. I make them pretty small and some bigger but not to many. This size seems to sell well for me.
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    Looking good Bernie. I have never thought of selling my bird houses Bernie. What do you get for bird house orniments? Ok and don't say cash
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    Thanks for the tutorial, Bernie. Nicely done. I'm going to put a copy in the Tips & Tutorials subforum.
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    Thanks Vaughn. I hope it will help those who would like to do them.

    Drew I do get cash. Oh yea I get $24.50 for these 3 piece birdhouses.
    Bernie W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie Weishapl View Post
    Drew I do get cash. Oh yea I get $24.50 for these 3 piece birdhouses.
    Thanks Bernie. Wow I definatly have been underestimating the value of the bird houses I have been making and giving away.
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    Good tutorial, Bernie!

    I hope to try my hand at one of those someday - if I can ever get out of flatland!
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