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 Coopered Birdhouse|
By: Ernie Conover
In this tutorial, Ernie shows us how to build the body of the birdhouse out of staves. He then turns it on the lathe. Then he shows us how to make a base for the birdhouse, a top and finally the finial. This is a wonderful looking birdhouse and would be nice in anyone's yard.
|Miniature Acorn Birdhouse Ornament|
By: Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
In this detailed photo tutorial, we learn how to make a miniature birdhouse in the shape of an acorn. The author also shows us how to make our own hanger which is a valuable lesson in its own. This looks like a fun project that anyone could make.
|Turned Log Bird House|
By: Mark Lazarz
Mark shows us how he turns a log into a nice birdhouse. He turns the lid first and then hollows out the log. He starts with forstner bits and then uses scrapers to get the inside just right. This is a great project for your yard.
|Turning a Garden Birdhouse|
By: Dale Nish
In this tutorial, Dale shows us how he turns a 2-piece birdhouse which is 6.5" in diameter and 8" tall. The top comes off to allow you to clean out the birdhouse. Dale uses a series of parallel coves to dress up the exterior.
|How To Make A Super Mario Mushroom Birdhouse |
By: Peter Brown
In this short video, Peter relives his game playing days but turning a full-size birdhouse in the shape of a Super Mario mushroom. It's a 2-piece birdhouse and is painted after it is turned.
It's rather cute and would be popular with all those people that spent hours playing games, or you could just learn how to make a 2-piece birdhouse and finish it any way that you want!
|Turning a Bat house Ornament|
By: Craft Supplies
In this project, Craft Supplies shows how to turn this popular miniature Bat-House Halloween ornament. It's a fun and easy project and will really spice up your holiday.
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 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 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 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!
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