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  1. and thought if any one is thinking of wanting bird houses up in the air then this is great if you can weld. This type of set up makes cleaning and repairing the bird houses very easy to bring them down to the ground for maintenance instead of falling off a ladder like you might do. These are oil field pipe which is 1/4" thickness walls of both the 2 3/8" and also the 3 1/2" walls which is the common sizes and very useful for a welder for everything I have here except the house was made with oil field pipe as the back bones of my dock, the dock walkways, the garage, the shop and the three decks around the house is all pipe as the starting points. The break over pole is about 20 foot long. You can see the bolt in the middle of the smaller pipe and an extra pipe has been added down at the bottom of the swinging pipe to offset the weight of the platform and the bird houses on the top so when ready to lower the houses to the ground simply take out the bolt through the pipe down at the bottom after you have attached a rope to that end so you can gently let out some rope till the houses touch the ground. I had installed a large I beam on top of the retaining wall when we first moved herea few feet back from the water and this is what I welded the shorter large pipe to for the foundation of said breakover set up...
  2. I will tell you up front. I stole this idea. I belong to a turning group on mewe and one of the turners there posted pictures of some birdhouse ornaments. They were stunning with a really different roof and a superb glossy finish. Anyway, I knew I had to try and figure out the look. It took me a couple attempts before I realized, the roof is nothing more than a very small natural edge bowl, almost. This is my first successful attempt, rough, with no finish but it's definitely a look I'll explore further, probably next Christmas season, good Lord willing. The body is from a small sycamore limb and the roof is the same of mulberry. Both are essentially still green so it will be interesting to see how it warps or destroys itself!
  3. Added some little birds to a few of the birdhouse ornaments. They are quick and fun to turn but gluing them up and on is kind of tedius.
  4. View File Workbench Magazine May-June 1967 24 Apartment Martin House This is a scanned document of the now defunct Workbench Magazine of this era. Permission was granted by the new Workbench Publication for The Patriot Woodworker community to copy and use the old Workbench Magazine at our pleasure, and for free distribution and re-use. Submitter John Morris Submitted 10/10/2019 Category Yard and Outdoors  
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  6. I have built some fancy birdhouses for my wife. I used fencing Cedar because it weathers good. Well, I thought it did. Now a few years later, all of them are badly cracked or weathered away. I must also add that they were hit by some big hail. (That I can do nothing about.) However I am up for suggestions on a better wood or perhaps a finish that would help them last longer. The Colorado sun is brutal and destroys most wood in short order. I am not going to repair or rebuild till winter, so there is no rush. Birds are now starting their nests and I discovered how bad they were when I cleaned them out. I patched and repaired enough to get thru summer. They now look NOTHING like they did in the picture
  7. Yes I like to start with the hardest parts to color first... Then I can stop holding my breath till the next day.. but until I put the clear on I am still in the dark as to what these things will end up looking like black birds or grackles???
  8. I wasn't going to build any more bird cage ornaments. That changed. My wife was showing one to a very dear friend and she loved it. Then she said," Ron will make you one, wouldn't you?" Both looked at me and I didn't want to be the Grinch. There is so much detail and tedious work involved and it takes hours...........OH WELL I made this one about a quarter inch bigger in dia and a bit heftier. I used South American marble wood and that was a mistake. It is VERY heavy and hard. Drilling tiny holes successfully is difficult ever in soft woods. I did mess up on one piece and had to remake it. This morning she said,"you have made 3 of them, one each for our girls and one for my friend now I want one" I told her I would under one condition, that there is NO dead line for its completion.
  9. Ron Altier posted some bird cages and they were really beautiful . I really want to try some of those. I made a few more birdhouse ornaments to add to inventory.
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  11. It will be a couple weeks before I can turn anything new but Christmas is coming!! Time to start turning ornaments! Here's a few from last year. . .
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