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I have always loved log cabins........big cedar logs, huge stone fireplaces, and a pleasant outdoorsy feel. There's just something special about log cabins. Someday I hope to build a log cabin of my own somewhere out in the middle of nowhere! But until then, I'll have to keep it small scale and build mini cabins. Like well...a log cabin for birds!
 
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Step 1: Cut out Patterns

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Print and cut out the patterns. Trace the patterns onto wood, and cut the shapes out. Depending on the thickness of your wood, you'll have to adjust these patterns a little bit.

Step 2: Glue Together

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Glue the walls to the base, and glue the gables to the walls. I used Tightbond wood glue, if you plan on hanging it outside, you'll want to use a waterproof wood glue, like Tightbond 2. I made mine mainly for decor, and it turned out too nice to hang outside. But it's up to you.

Step 3: Gather Logs

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While your waiting for the glue to dry, go and gather your "logs". Find dead branches 1"-2" in diameter. Cedar, pine, and oak are all very pretty woods. For log cabins and log furniture, I prefer cedar.

Step 4: Prep the Logs

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I have tools for creating cedar log furniture, so I am fairly well set up for preparing the logs. If you have tools to makeshift what i'm doing then do it! But if not the logs look great with bark on too.

     1. Get eye protection and work gloves (I know i'm not a big fan of eye protection either...trust me though, if you don't your eyes will be glazed with saw dust)

     2. Take off the knobby parts, and pointy parts off the log using a band saw

     3. Using a grinder with a sander adapter further smooth out the roughness of the log

     4. Using a draw knife take the rest of the bark off the log (turns out I ended up using just the grinder for most of the finishing)

Once your log is finished it should be smooth and without bark.
Bubbler1 year ago
The Australian Zebra Finch would be happy to live in these, so I think anyone who has access to those birds would want to have a bird house cabin. Great work.
WwowW... it's soo nice, great job :)
machoturtle (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz2 years ago
thx!
786Ayesha2 years ago
Good job.How big is this bird house?
machoturtle (author)  786Ayesha2 years ago
it's 7 x 4 inches across without logs, and about 8 x 5 inches with logs. I have a pdf up on the page that has printable patterns.
This is cool! I'm going to try make one :)
machoturtle (author)  BlueberryCrazy2 years ago
good! post pictures when your done with it!
pikeucf2 years ago
I like it! Though the true judge to your work will be decided on by the birds and sure they'll live it too! Good work.

Here is I made awhile back, I made the roof from some old vine bark and used some some grey colored puddy between the logs to give it a concrete look. I wish I had the tools you have... This was done without electricity.
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machoturtle (author)  pikeucf2 years ago
nice work! that's great!
This is awesome - great instructions. :D
machoturtle (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
thx!
Nice job. Good practice for the full sized one. =)
machoturtle (author)  ArtisanEclectic2 years ago
totally!