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  • Lou
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    Kip, there's been tons of pics posted, believe me! Just scroll through some of the older posts in this section that have "birdhouse" in the title and you'll find tons of good reading .... and pics galore!

    Lou

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  • Wood Dog
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    Travis the birdhouses we are making are from patterns by Diana Thompson.
    Here's a few and she has more.
    Buy Scroll Saw Patterns Online Store

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  • KTravis
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    Okay...lots of good talk but where's the pics?

    Love to see some of these lovely birdhouses all you fine folks have been
    making.

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  • ChuckD
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    As I just said in another post I cut 24 of them today and I found that a round toothpick makes a nice perch. Good idea about black in the hole. I will do that.

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  • Scrollergirl
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    You folks are amazing ! I'm totally impressed !

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  • Lou
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    Well, Lou finally made it to the meeting! I was not needed, however, as the answer given is absolutely correct! I just use a black marker to blacken the hole, which I think does improve the appearance and it takes very little time. Take my advice, however, that if you use a black marker, do it AFTER the finish is applied, especially if you're dipping. I learned that one the hard way! Had a few black-speckled birdhouses that became kindling.

    Lou

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  • Anneh
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    That does make sense and I can see where that would look better. Just never thought of it. Now wish I hadn't already glued the little birdies on. Next one's will get a blackened hole.
    Man - look at all the great things learned from this board.
    You guys are amazing! Thanks!

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  • rippersmom
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    Originally posted by Anneh View Post
    Hey Lou!
    Blacking the hole???
    I add moss to the birdhouse hole, some green and some grey. Lots of options on how to finish these cute little items.

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  • Bayward
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    I am not Lou, but the reference is to painting black the 1/2" hole in the birdhouse. The birdhouses look much better with that hole darkened with paint, felt tip pen or whatever.

    Bob

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  • Anneh
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    Hey Lou!
    Blacking the hole???

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  • Hawaiilad
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    Well, I ordered the patterns yesterday and am going to give this a try as well....seems like the "IN" thing around here....I will fit them in between making the bandsaw boxes I like so well, and making a few of the initial boxes that Mick has been doing.

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  • Lou
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    I find it takes about five minutes to cut a birdhouse. Some are less, some more, depending on the pattern and how hard the wood is. I avoid the real hardwoods (oak, maple, cherry) as I find burning is a problem and my wrists ache from the cutting. I use mostly walnut, butternut, polar, blue pine, fir, cedar and aspen. Yep, aspen fuzzes, so I find it requires two coats of finish as I have to sand after the first coat, and I use water-based on the aspen to keep it whiter. Mostly I'm dipping in danish oil now, which is quick and effective.

    I do very little handsanding. After cutting, I run most of my birdhouses through the mop sander, but some of them seem to require no sanding at all (yay). Total time might be 15 minutes per birdhouse (counting blacking the hole, inserting the eyebolt and adding cord), but I doubt it averages that much (well, it might if you count the ones that have become firewood.)

    Lou

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  • Jan
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    Bob, the sanding mop Steve Good demonstrated in the blog is the exact one I use. It's available in several grits. I have two of them. One is 220 grit, the other is 320. Both are mounted on grinder motors which I prefer to mounting it on a drill press. I haven't tried the flap sanding wheel Rolf likes so I can't comment on that. I can agree that hand sanding is no fun whatsoever.

    Jan

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  • Rolf
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    Another alternative to the sanding mop Mike uses. I preffer this type Web Store Item Detail Page
    It seems to last longer and I feel I have more control.
    It is just a matter of taste.

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  • Janette
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    I've tracked one batch from start to finish including all parts and it took me 8 hours to make 27 of them from start to finish.

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