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Great-Built Birdhouses Consists of Clean 45-Degree Cuts

Updated on June 17, 2020
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I was born in the south. I live in the south and will die in the south. This is only a small part of the memories I share.

Depending on The Builder,

the quality and looks all hinge upon the finished product. That is a neat ball of wax if you are a novice or expert birdhouse engineer. I have shared two previous pieces about designing and short-cuts that one can use to improve their birdhouses’ looks and posterity, but this piece fits along those lines and gives one a very safe tip on when the lumber has been earmarked to cut for your next birdhouse.

I am not throwing rocks at other birdhouse builders, but there are other designers who had much just get the job done and forget the pieces of lumber that did not fit and how reckless the designer was due to his or her lack of patience. That is what I stress now: patience.

How will patience help the birdhouse builders the most? Think about it. The answer is quite simple. Anyone knows that “patience is a virtue,”but this old saying is more than an old saying. A whole lot more. And the formula of patience is added to any work, the results will always carry the designer’s name and ideas. In the case of building birdhouses, unless the builder is an expert builder, they will always try their best, but the outcome will not be what the builder or admirer sees when when the project is finished.

See? Perfect 45-degree cuts on every end.
See? Perfect 45-degree cuts on every end. | Source
This birdhouse that is weather-beaten still has perfect 45-degreee cuts.
This birdhouse that is weather-beaten still has perfect 45-degreee cuts. | Source

When One Lets Patience

“drive the bus,”so to speak, taking the lead from the sketched blueprint to the finished product, the designer will always wear a big smile. This simply means that the main object of building any birdhouse is cool, clam, patient work. Never push or shove any segment of the build. And this can start with the cutting of the lumber is you buy it uncut. There is when your patience can pay off.

Of course you know that when you use the 45-degree cuts or whatever cut you have designed, the bottom line is not the beauty, but how the end of the cut pieces fit together. Sure the main thing is looks when the customer inspects the birdhouse, but the trained eye of the customer will notice how smooth and secure the ends of the lumber fits which will please any customer as well as this one feature leading to future customers. All because of the ends of the lumber being cut smoothly and able to see that there are no cracks in the fit places and overall, the customer as well as the designer are happy.

One of the few things that you can keep in mind before your saw hits the lumber:

  • Make sure that the end of the lumber that you are going to cut is secure. Never stabilize the wood by your hands or feet. This can cause serious cut. Cut the secured end one at a time and you will come for apt to get 45-degree cuts that fit perfectly.

  • One thing you might think about is using new lumber. I know. I found this out the hard way and ending-up with a near-serious cut because the lumber was old, seasoned by the weather and old. So in your birdhouse-building, make sure that the lumber is new or at least partially-new.

      • If the lumber are ends to the room or sides of your birdhouse, it will pay you big dividends to use a brand-name wood glue, not an off-brand. You will be glad of this fact also. Apply a small amount of the wood glue and slowly apply it onto the end of the lumber that is now cut and slowly attach the fitted-piece of the next cut piece and hold each piece tightly and to go a step further by placing each piece of the lumber into those shop vices and allow the glue to set and that can be any time from three to five hours. The bigger the lumber cut or angle, the more wood glue has to be applied. Then when the glue has hardened, take your air gun and staple the ends with one staple. This amount of staples will not cause your end to crack.

      • When cutting 45-degree (or any degree) piece of lumber, I find it much easier to use a table saw or miter saw. On these saws you can lock-down the wood to be cut. Now do not misunderstand. You can use a skil saw, but you will have to practice a lot due to the skil saw being heavy and you having to measure the cut as you push the saw. A table or miter saw can save you time and strength.

      • If you are selling birdhouses as a sideline business, you can take the customer’s purchase and when the size and style of the birdhouse is agreed upon, you can head to your shop and pre-cut all of the pieces and that way, you have saved more time than yu can imagine. When you have taken more than once order and you are your only boss and employee, you can start one birdhouse and start another one and go back to the fist one and if you follow your patience, you can have both birdhouses finished sooner tha later.

I hope that this piece will be helpful to you. Summer is here and this is where all of the birdhouse builders (from my area) are getting to work. And above all, be safe and stay home if the awful corona-virus is still around.

June 17, 2020_________________________________________________________

45-degree cuts always look great.
45-degree cuts always look great. | Source

© 2020 Kenneth Avery


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