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Mark Sutton04/08/2009 18:50:16
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Hi, i just thought i would post a few pictures on how to make a miniature Bird house and i hope you will be able to follow the instructions.

1.  Cut a piece of wood to fit your chuck, the piece in photo one is 5"x 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" sycamore

2. Turn to round

3  Picture 4, draw line, to ensure the two hole are in line.
4  Drill hole, this one is 7.5mm
5.  Drill hole, just below  3mm
6  Core piece of wood, with 20mm, forstner bit, just to the limit of lower hole .
7.  Shape wood to desired shape, and turn a wee bit extra to make finial
8.  Create Jam chuck, and place turned house onto jam chuck and then turn finial, this one was a bit of a mistake, it was meant to be a little bit longer!!
9.  Then sand and seal, and then remove, the lower part of the house is complete!!
10.  Now time for the roof, as before, place  preferred wood into chuck, approximately same size as before, this is Cherry (Gean)  It looks better if you use a darker wood for the roof
11.  Take an internal measurement to ensure good fit on tenon you are going to make.
12.  Fit finished lower part as shown.
13.  Turn roof, to any shape you wish, sanding seal and finish
14.  Part roof, please ensure you leave square, as you will have to fit  a small eye to hang item.
15, fit a small piece of wood into lower hole as the perch, mine are from small twigs from a larch just outside my workshop.
16.  There are many shapes you turn, i am sure will have ideas of your own, and i am sure different ways of turning them.  Happy Turning.

Edited By sparky on 04/08/2009 21:20:07

Sparky04/08/2009 21:21:39
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If possible, please keep the links short, thanks mate
Mark Sutton05/08/2009 08:10:54
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Ok, sorry about that.  Not sure how to shorten links as you have done Marc
Thanks again
Dave Atkinson18/09/2009 13:39:02
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Great little project Mark - another one for my list

cheers Dave
Derek Lane18/09/2009 16:52:55
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I had the same problem with links as well Sparky did a How to on them >>HERE<<. It helped me no end
George Arnold18/09/2009 17:25:09
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 Another good how to  well explained.

Edited By George Arnold on 18/09/2009 17:25:25

Mark Sutton19/09/2009 19:45:07
193 forum posts
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Thank you gentlemen.
I am demonstrating these on Wednesday at my Local Woodturning Club.  I have also changed the design slightly, making finials from exotic wood off-cuts from projects, nothing goes to waste.
Thanks again

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