Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Workshop: "First, buy a bag of nails"

I like to write things down. And make rough sketches. So, developing a standardized plan for a birdhouse comes pretty easy.

["This one is built around a 5 inch square base"]

After assembling three log cabins of different sizes I settled on one-size-fits-all for the next five. Easy kap-easy. I could have done twenty but I wanted to be done by Christmas!

The plan:

base = 5 inch square (about 1 inch thick)

logs = 12 @ 5 inches long, and 12 @ 8.5 inches long (all about 1 inch thick)

faces = 2 triangles, 7 inches wide and 3.5 inches high, with roof pitch @ 45 degrees

roof panels = 2 @ 9 by 6 inches (about 1 inch thick)

roof ridge = 10 inches long, about 1 inch square

Sand, assemble and paint as you please. However, before you do anything, go buy a bag of 1 1/2 - 2 inch nails.

["With a standard plan, they're pilin' up quick"]

Please let me know how it works out.

Photos by GH


Gord's plans... for free!? Amazing.

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