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    I finished four more Miniature Birdhouse Ornaments this weekend. The patterns are by Diana Thompson and purchased from her website. I used Eastern White Cedar and Eastern Red Cedar. I found that the Eastern White Cedar was a little too soft. The blades used were FD Polar #5 and #9. The finish is two coats of sanding sealer. I an now over 200 of these little birdhouses.
    Denny
    ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN

    www.sandyoaksonline.com

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    Nicely done Denny. Those came out great. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    DW
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    • #3
      Curious, do you drill the hole before or after cutting? Do you use a forstner bit?
      Rolf
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      • #4
        Originally posted by DWSudekum View Post
        Nicely done Denny. Those came out great. Thanks for sharing them with us.

        DW
        Thanks DW.
        Denny
        ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN

        www.sandyoaksonline.com

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Rolf View Post
          Curious, do you drill the hole before or after cutting? Do you use a forstner bit?
          The holes are drilled before cutting and yes I use a 1/2" Forstner bit.
          Denny
          ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN

          www.sandyoaksonline.com

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          • #6
            These look great. What did you use for the colored birds. It looks like purple heart.

            I am working on the same patterns at the present and hope they turn out as well.

            I am also going to cut a few with redwood and use a light colored bird, maybe using some yellow heart to simulate a yellow finch. I will share when they are done in a few days.

            I am also tossing around the idea of cutting some birds from Basswood with a little peak on the top of the head and staining them red or blue for red birds and blue birds. I will have to stop by Rockler to get some basswood 3/4" thick.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by vgraf View Post
              These look great. What did you use for the colored birds. It looks like purple heart.

              I am working on the same patterns at the present and hope they turn out as well.

              I am also going to cut a few with redwood and use a light colored bird, maybe using some yellow heart to simulate a yellow finch. I will share when they are done in a few days.

              I am also tossing around the idea of cutting some birds from Basswood with a little peak on the top of the head and staining them red or blue for red birds and blue birds. I will have to stop by Rockler to get some basswood 3/4" thick.
              Thanks. I used Eastern Red Cedar for the birds. On a previous batch, I used Walnut and Yellowheart. I tried staining some blue, but they didn't look real.
              Denny
              ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN

              www.sandyoaksonline.com

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              • #8
                Are you finding that the cedar is getting harder to find? Most of what I have been finding has lots of knots in it.
                Betty

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by will8989 View Post
                  Are you finding that the cedar is getting harder to find? Most of what I have been finding has lots of knots in it.
                  Betty, I ordered online 2" x 2" x 12" pieces. The quality was very good.
                  Denny
                  ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN

                  www.sandyoaksonline.com

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