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  • #16
    Nice work! Looks great and nice use of the tree

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    • #17
      Thanks guys. Got the second bird/gnome house mostly done, lack putting superdeck oil on it. I need to wait for the glue to dry. I'm also waiting on the solar lights I ordered to figure that part out.
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      Built the roof so it just sit on the house, for easier access

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      It's all made out of Cedar, except the flower boxes which are redwood, and the flowers. They are Tulipwood and aspen.

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      Used my hunter green shop trim paint on the trim.

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      Bird perch, the hole is 2" in diameter, though I don't know what kind of bird that lives around here would use this.

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      It's 24 inches long, 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide.

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      Made the front sort of like I want to do over the door on my woodshop someday.

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      My branch is a bit on the thin side, I'm not sure this will hold in a wind or if birds actually live in it. I guess if it breaks I can notch it and add a piece of metal.

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      Took me most of the day finished up about 2am, it's dark out ;-)

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      One more to go. Was hoping to do a turned one, kind of depends on if I can find the wood I want to do it.

      What do you think?
      Thanks ~Mike

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      • #18
        Boy, you're spoiling the birds in your neighborhood.
        . . .JoeB

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        • #19
          Thanks Joe.
          Got the second birdhouse mounted to the tree, painted the windows and trim on the tree and started on the final bird/gnome house. Trying to make it look like a giant acorn upside down.
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          A piece of Siberian Elm that I blocked off a couple years back and sealed with wax. Using one of my bowl patterns to cut it out.
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          Mounted in the lathe with my screw on faceplate.

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          The top of the acorn (well it will be the bottom as it will be an upside down acorn).

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          Lathed out some from this side, the wood was a little out of balance and I thought this might help when I turn it around.

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          Mounted on my lathe chuck doveltail jaws that fit the dovetail tenon I cut while on the other way.

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          Need to remove the center and deepen this so the bottom and sides are around 3/4 inch thick.

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          Pretty close to 3/4" thick threw out.

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          I hope it doesn't break as easily as the piece it came out of.

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          Just sitting on the branch I will need to do a little carving on the tree to make it sit level.

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          I'll probably extend the "stem" a bit, probably carve a diamond pattern into it as well. The top could be interesting to make as I don't think I have a large enough piece of wood so may have to glue some blocks together.

          What do you think?
          Thanks ~Mike


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          • #20
            I imagine I'm boring everyone with these posts, if you all would rather I just post the finished projects let me know and won't do the progress stuff again?

            Making some progress on bird/gnome house number 3. Couldn't find a log the right size around my place, went out to a logger friends work yard and found one, called him to see if I could steal it, he said go ahead. It was 11" in diameter and 14" long. I needed the finished diameter to be 9¾" to match up with the "acorn" cap.

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            The log after chainsawing of the ends (they were moldy) and debarking and rounded off.

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            Moisture content is a bit high.

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            A few "noodles" I had to stop and clean them up a couple times I was running out of maneuvering room.

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            I've never really turned pine much, never made a bowl out of one anyway. I was afraid of the wood being to soft to lathe like I do a bowl (with just support on one side). So my bowl gouge wasn't big enough for this. I had a long piece of mild steel so I cut it on an angle and sharpened it.

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            Kind of freaky, down to about 3/8" still connected at the bottom.

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            Got this side down to about 3/4" and it started to wobbled so I stopped the lathe and cut it off with a handsaw.

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            Sitting on the "cap" I haven't finished carving yet. I think it will kind of look like an acorn?

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            This is a container I used about 5 years ago when I made a bunch of bowls from storm damage trees. It had 5 gallon of denatured alcohol in it back then, even with the lid on most has evaporated and I only had 1 gallon on hand. I'll have to get more tomorrow so it's completely covered to displace the water in the wood.

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            15 gallons of mulch once it dries.

            Still have to finish carving the cap, add a door, cut windows in the top, finish installing all the solar lights. Getting closer to done though. For a project I thought would take a weekend, this is taking a lot longer than I thought. I have much appreciation for you chainsaw carvers that whip out a bear in half a day.

            Thanks ~Mike

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            • #21
              You are doing fantastic work there, autobodymman. I have some carved gnomes on a shelf near me that don't look happy when they see your projects,.because they wonder why I don't do the same. Excellent work!
              Bill
              Living among knives and fire.

              http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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              • #22
                Yup, definitely an acorn. Keep the pics coming.

                Tinwood

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