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Want to post a couple of pictures of a few birdhouses I turned recently, have several more,a different style, that I can't post because my camera is on the fritz. First time I turned birdhouses and it was more fun doing this than I thought it would be. Mitch
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post #2 of 26 Old 11-12-2008, 08:55 PM
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Man those are awesome,you have a great imagination to come up with all those designs.Great work: yes:
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Mitch That is cool. I have never thought of making bird houses from turning wood. Man you you did a nice job.

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Those are fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I made one similar to those once. It looked like an acorn. I didn't think that it was that good, but apparently, someone else did because the stole it from my yard.
Either way, it was in no way, shape or form as nice as those ones that you did.
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Those are AWESOME!! I guess you probably intend for them to be indoor decor. Look to nice to put them outside.

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Those are fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I made one similar to those once. It looked like an acorn. I didn't think that it was that good, but apparently, someone else did because the stole it from my yard.
Either way, it was in no way, shape or form as nice as those ones that you did. Ken

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Sorry I couldnt pass that up.

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Thanks for the kind words Ken. Appreciate it. Mitch
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Thanks, and they are so easy to make and a lot of fun to turn to boot. I have several more but different style. I can generally turn one in less than an hour, except the finish. You need to hollow the house out you know, so it isn't heavy. Mitch
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Thanks Ken. I made a few that look like an acorn that aren't finished yet, waiting for a tool I bought to make the roof really look like an acorn. Thanks again, Mitch
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Thank you. Actually I intend to hang several of them along with my wife's hanging baskets on the ceiling on our porch. They have outside varnish on them and should last several years. If not, make new ones. I looked at your pictures of the lamps. Did you make them beautiful things? They are gorgeous. I almost didn't look at the link, then it hit me that it might be your site. I never saw anything that compares to them lamps etc. Do you post any of these? Mitch
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Those are great. Glad to read that no one is actually going to hang them out in the rain for real birds. They are just too nice for that.

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Mitch,
Nice birdhouses. I used to make them a couple of years ago. Haven't done any for awhile. If you visit your local craft supply store, you can get tiny artificial birds in different sizes for less than a buck. A little CA glue holds them onto the perch for the finishing touch.
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Thanks George. I am going to hang them outside but under the porch roof. They are finished with Helmnsman outside marine varnish. I made a couple with the bark still on and varnished with a flat varnish so I would get the protection for the house but no shine to make it look natural. My kids snapped them up before the varnish dried. Mitch
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Thank you for the reply Mike. I think everyone probably turns these things at one time or another cause they are so easy to do. Relaxes me and makes me try to think of new shapes. We have a couple craft stores closeby so I am going to check the price on the birds. I looked at the ones at Craft Supply USA and I think they were around 3 bucks if I am not mistaken, never looked any further.Do you have any pictures of yours that you can post Mike? Thanks again, Mitch
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Mitch, those look great. They look fun to turn. I'm assuming (maybe I shouldn't) that you turn down a spindle then hollow it out, turn a roof and then the top and bottoms and attach. Regardless they look really good!

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Sorry John, I called you Jim in my tools post.
Yes you can do it exactly the way you describe. I sometimes turn it as one whole piece cut the roof off and hollow the body then use a forestner bit to hollow most of the top out to make it light., then glue the top back on. Only don't make the mistake of hollowing the inside too thin and you have a problem drilling the entrance hole, you could cave in the body like that. Keep this hole in mind, take it out of lathe drill the hole then back to the lathe and hollow thin as you can. This hollowing a birdhouse is a perfect project for a half round scraper I was telling you to make, You can hollow one out in minutes. As for the word assume, that is something you never want to do. Thanks buddy and show me something you turn, OK? Mitch
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I'll take some pics this weekend and post them. I was using 1/8" brass rod for the perches. I would round the end over on a drum sander and then hit it on a buffing wheel I use for metal parts just to shine it up. We have a local craft store called Pat Catans. They have quite a bit of stuff in there. The birds are usually packed from three to five in a bag, depending on size and are less than a buck.
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Thanks, I know Catans is about three miles from my house. I will look forward to seeing your pictures. You gave me a good idea when you mentioned the 1/8th in brass pins. I would like to drill a hole in the ferrule of the tools I made and drive the pin in and peen each end. This to act as a sort of a shear pin. Mitch
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