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post #1 of 11 Old 01-09-2011, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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First finish!

A while ago I got an old Craftsman lathe from an old timer who was throwing it out. Since then I have been playing with it, figuring it out, trying to learn turning, FIXING the problems I encountered with the old lathe............ and going crazy at the same time!

Finally! I got something to hold together till it got to the finishing room! Not much, but it's a start!

I went out to the back 40 (we have 5 acres, LOL!) and found some pine firewood that I cut when the big windstorm hit a few years ago. Put it on my old tired lathe and turned down a cylinder about 16" long and about 4 5/8 dia. - my 12" mitre saw would cut cleanly.

Used my drill press and a series of forstner bits to hollow out the long end, then glued it back up as neatly as I could. Turned it down. bored a 1" "bird hole", poplar dowel for a perch. 4 coats of hand rubbed oil, 2 coats of poly.

A few cracks came up in the "firewood" I turned, but I don't think the birds will mind much, eh?

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-09-2011, 11:05 PM
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Nicely done, looks like it will make a good home for some birds. your Finish looks great, keep up the good work.

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Looks pretty darn nice for a first!
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I'll agree. That's pretty darned good for a first piece.
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Looks good here

And a great Idea for a birdhouse.
on a windy day it will be like a carnival ride for the birds inside.

I cut it 3 times..... and it's still too short.

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You do the "Old Man" proud.

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post #7 of 11 Old 01-10-2011, 09:42 AM
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that is super sweet
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Very nice!

Hope the inside isn't finished with poly. That stuff's hazardous to young birds.
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Thanks for the Kudos, all!

First, this thing weighs in pretty heavy - I'd say about 6 pounds, so if I hang it on a short chain it shouldn't swing much with the wind (I live in the middle of a wooded lot anyway).

The inside is unfinished - I hope it will dry thoroughly in time from the inside, and not crack and check any more on the outside. I didn't know that poly was hazardous to young birds - thanks!

I have turned down more cylinders, bored them, and glued them back together - Pine, basswood, cherry, Red cedar, and poplar. They all seem to be cracking as they dry, but hopefully not too deep to disappear when I finish them. We'll see!

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Wow, that's really nice. I love the shape. I made one years ago for my wife that was in the shape of an acorn. She really loved it. Apparently, so did someone else because the came in the middle of the night and stole it. Great job. Makes me want to make another one for my wife. Thanks for sharing this.
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There's some good info here on how to build a bird-friendly bird house.

http://www.realbirdhomes.com/caution.htm

Not trying to discourage your efforts, just passing along information.
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