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03-05-2017, 10:00 PM
First I grab a lot of clamps...
grease the big clamp...
Never throw away any old screw or fastener...
Test the air compressor
1 1/4 " brads will do, oiled up the gun, too.
Ready to GO!
03-05-2017, 10:56 PM
Everything is so neat and organied. How is that possible? :lol:
03-06-2017, 12:10 AM
Don't believe it! :)
03-06-2017, 02:27 PM
Neat and organized because I was planning on taking phots....
I even vacuumed the layers of sawdust and chip and scraps. I tend to be messy.
03-06-2017, 02:39 PM
All birdhouses are now brought to and from the Farm market to the house in milk-crates, so they have to four to a crate. Finished size is 11 1/2 " long.Max.
So I took all the recycled lumber from a remodeled house down the street (new windows & doors, so I had lots of 1x6's to un-nail and chop). There also was a stack of 1950's tongue & groove knotty pine available. Perfect for another project,
After cutting up, all the wood was NEATLY stacked on shelves for easy access. It was all cut to 13".
The last image is my previously messy collection of "future projects"
Back to work, doing the sanding today on the birdhouse carcasses.
This batch of energy will produce 29 birdhouses, all unique, but similar.
03-06-2017, 02:41 PM
Looking forward to seeing the results of your labours.
03-06-2017, 03:13 PM
Now I can relate to that bottom photo ... :smug: :D
03-06-2017, 11:03 PM
I have an idea, a concept to show my way of creating my unique birdhouses, starting with what I use in way of tools, then to lay out the process.
I was still working on them at 10:30 pm tonite....WIP
More in the morning
03-07-2017, 05:37 AM
Lot of woodturning blanks there :envy:
03-07-2017, 01:23 PM
No, not for turning! These pine boards are at least 70 years old, and tend to be brittle. Even with brads, they split easily. But because they are so dry they really glue well, and are all done with warping.
03-08-2017, 10:28 AM
Basic shape cut out, then assembled with top& bottom pieces,
1 1/2 brads + Gorilla glue
Assembled , now off to the belt sander...:thumbsup:
03-08-2017, 12:40 PM
Are you making these for any particular type of bird? Not my cup of knowledge but I do know that some birds prefer certain things in their homes. What those might be I have no idea ...
03-08-2017, 05:49 PM
My experience is that I have birds in all the original houses I made...
no matter what the experts told me, even bluebirds!
I just put out the birdhouses, the birds decide who lives in which, they are way smarter than me anyway,,,
03-08-2017, 11:40 PM
The penny dropped for me.
This is sweet.
03-09-2017, 10:14 AM
" The penny dropped for me. "
I am not familiar with this expression.
wat id mean?
Now it's time to start attaching the aluminum roof, using aluminum valley flashing from a roll.
Then next I will paint on the windows, door, and patterns.
I really should sell these for $75 each!!!
03-10-2017, 09:32 PM
The penny dropped is a casual idiom used to mean a person has belatedly put two and two together or understood something.
It was your avatar.
03-11-2017, 10:04 PM
Almost done with the 29 birdhouses! All that is left is cutting, fitting & attaching the aluminum roofs.
After putting 2 coats of whitr semi-gloss latex house paint on, a pattern was drawn with black willow and then painted with acrylic hobby paint:
the final photo will have a custom background to use to promote the item on social media for sale
each birdhouse is dated, numbered, and signed for "collectibility"
and there is a folder with a jpeg of every one ever made
when the roof is put one I will post the final images.:wave:
03-13-2017, 01:30 AM
Look forward to it.
75notes is a steal.
03-13-2017, 05:45 PM
Thanx fer the encouragementing....
Got 10 rooofed yesterday, will do more tonite and tomorrow.
photos to follow
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