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Old 11-24-2007, 08:17 PM  
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I just noticed that some of the pictures are not coming up in the gallery
Is there some way of fixing them?



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Old 12-29-2007, 10:44 AM  
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Default Hmmm

I just went through many of your pictures...WOW. You do a very nice job for all those homeless birds.
Do you put dividers into the houses or do these type birds (What are they)congregate inside?
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Have you ever built any replicas of peoples homes?

Is there money in this?

I need a hobby.



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Old 12-29-2007, 11:09 AM  
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Thank you InspectorD
Once the shell is built i use 3/16 plywood to make all the compartments .
I get a lot of sparrows and swallows nesting in the large houses .The small houses attract Purple Martins depending on the size of their hole.

I have built a few replicas for customers in the past and I probably have the most expensive birdhouses online but they sell pretty well . I am still 10 houses behind now.

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Sounds like a good backlog to keep you busy in those winter lulls.
How long would you say the average house takes to build? Now I sound like one of my customers.

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Old 12-31-2007, 08:56 AM  
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The little houses that are about 2 ft square take about 2 days to build , the medium size 4 ft square take about 5 days and then the large houses 5 ft and up take 2 weeks - 6 weeks .
They go together pretty fast once i know what i figure out what i,m building .

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Default They look great.

I keep looking at the little details ..like routing to edges and ripping all the logs.
Are you gluing anything or just using finish nails?

Is the design just by the seat of your pants? That's how I do it. My son and I made a real log cabin bird house this summer by just cutting some branches and using the airnailers. Took about 1 hour and was a blast.

What about bat houses? I just built 5 and gave them out as presents. I do Anything to get rid of a few more bugs.
I am afraid to post my pictures...you'll just laugh at my huts.

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I usually get an idea of what i,m going to build then i draw it out on a piece of plywood , just like a floor plan . Then i tack the first row of logs to the plywood to keep everything square. I use glue and dowelling on balconies and add ons and i use a 16 gauge finish nailer with 2 1/2" nails . They hold very well.

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I couldn't help but notice the photo of the houses in the snow looks like it would make a great Christmas card.

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Thanks ToolGuy
I live in a great spot for taking pictures .

I took these pictures a few days ago on boxing day

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Sounds like you could have a nice little side business for bird lovers.
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