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Birdhouses

In early spring, birds migrate back to their summer homes and turn their attention and energy to nesting. A great way to bring your yard to life with flashes of color, nature’s music and comical entertainment is to supply your feathered friends with their own private nesting area. Add a birdhouse to your yard or garden where birds can nest safely without fearing natural predators. A birdhouse also provides shelter and warmth during heavy winds and ferocious storms.

There are many ways to turn logs, wood or lumber into birdhouses. It's just up to your imagination. So, sit back and browse these projects to get your creative juices flowing. You'll have that birdhouse turned in no time!

 

 Turning a Halloween BathouseTurning a Halloween Bathouse by Dave Best
In this project, Dave Best conducted a demonstration at the Timp Woodworkers Association in Utah. He turned his popular miniature Bat-House Halloween ornaments. You can read the text of the project in the left column and see pictures of each step by clicking the images in the right column which then open to a larger size.

 

 Turned BirdhouseTurned Birdhouse by Mike Brazeau
In this photo tutorial, Mike shows us how to make a life sized birdhouse, yes, one for "real birds". I know that it's different than all the miniature birdhouses that many of us have been turning but this one's real nice!

Mike uses staves to make the body and uses compound staves for the roof. So, this project may not be for the beginner, but if you can make one, this is a great design. And your feathered friends will love it!!

 

 Turning Birdhouse OrnamentsTurning Birdhouse Ornaments by Eugen Schlaak
In this great photo tutorial, Eugen shows us the step-by-step process to making 2-piece spindle orientated birdhouse ornaments. He uses close-up photography so that you can see every detail of the process.

Eugen makes this project easy for even the beginner! And I personally know that people love these little ornaments.

 

 Turning a birdhouse ornamentTurning a birdhouse ornament by Larry Hancock
Larry is presents a detailed image of a birdhouse ornament and gives all the dimensions so that you can duplicate it. He even shows a wonderful natural edge top to this project.

 

 Fire Hydrant BirdhouseFire Hydrant Birdhouse by Aurèle Delaurier
Aurèle says, "I actually tag-teamed this project with my brother, Armand. Each year one of our city’s health care facilities has its annual fundraiser. Individuals or organizations are invited to build birdhouses, which in turn are auctioned off to the general public. Birdhouse submissions are in one of several categories - contemporary, rustic, open, or student. For the open category, the birdhouse’s design can be wild and wacky. Since my brother and I have been in the field of municipal engineering for nearly 20 years, we decided to build a fire hydrant birdhouse. We called it “flyer hydrant” for our flying feathered friends."

And he's right, it's somewhat wacky, and loveable! This large project is both a woodworking and woodturning project. There is a lot of work here but the results are stunning!

 

 Decorative Turned Birdhouse PlansDecorative Turned Birdhouse Plans by Wood Magazine
Even if they don’t attract any tenants, you can take pleasure in the fine lines of these miniatures. Intended for their good looks and not for actual nesting, these turned projects will add a bit of excitement to any room. Our simple faceplate block makes it a snap to turn out a whole cluster in a couple of evenings.

Largest birdhouse measures 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 x 12".

 

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