Obviously a popular subject, let's take a hint...
Its been a long, long time since I made a birdhouse, but I saw a picture of a whimsical one that I like.
so this is what we would do next as a project.
Google birdhouse with faces
A bit more involved than cutting shape with the scroll saw but why not.
So first lesson for them, how to square a board on four sides given only a piece of firewood and a dull hand plane...Kidding :-)
So I suppose, I should built one first and see how I am going to approached it with them.
I don't have a plan of course, just a picture of something that catch my eye, because it is screaming Grampa !!!! :-)
A quick doodle, a few key measurements and notes
A quick check of my left over side piece of my 1st plane till
Should give me a few pieces, but need more
Brought a plank and my scrap pieces to the wood shop
Uses a stop for cutting all my pieces to ensure squareness
then similarly uses a stop to cut my roof angles
Perfect fit in just a few seconds of electrons munching
Back home with my piles of parts.
Have enough to make my first one, a few left over parts to make two mores.
Will need more parts but had to come back home early
And before you knew it, it was time to drive the oldest to a slumber birthday party then take the youngest to the Kingston Steer BBQ and the bounce kingdom and the petting farm and etc, I was able to resume after supper
The youngest awaiting impatiently in line to get in.
First thing first, I reset the scroll saw to the leg vise position in order to set up the mitre saw.
I chose the NOBEX instead of my usual Stanley's and al because I am thinking this one should be less tiring to use. A 24 to 28 inch backsaw mitre saw is a tad heavy for the little ones, trust me!!!
Both saw stations set up
Similar set up as used at the Wood shop, we can cut both part of the roof angle
on the mitre saw by hand, just as easily and with similar results.
First I thought I should try drilling the hole, with a brace.
I came up with a hole of one and a half (1-1/2 in), at that size my choices are limited to hole saws or Forstner bits
Setting up a modern hex shank Forstner bit was no problem for the brace, it locked strong and true.
But it proved pretty hard to use. For one thing, at this size in my set, it has a saw tooth edge and because of the rather short and stubby centering pin, it want to dance all over, wherever the saw tooth grips, making a mess. A smooth rim bit would had been a better choice in this case. As were the Forstner bits made for braces, incidentally...
A regular hex shank Forstner bit fit good in a two jaw alligator brace
You need heavy down pressure to stop it from skating around,
but then it is hard to turn and the saw tooth make a mess
So obviously, not a great idea for the kids. Need a Plan B...
Next obvious choice, although it does says on the bit boxes; To be used only in a Drill Press, was to chuck it to my cordless drill. A tad tricky to start, because of the previous mess left behind, but managed to recover. Would have to come up with a Plan C for them to make the hole. Hopefully I can set up my Post drill soon, that should do it.
Meanwhile need a back up plan in my pocket (an old enduring military thinghy :-)
Using the Makita cordless.
Done, a bit of blow out on the other side, but rather minimal.
Slowed right down at the end
After that it was time for the various face features, think Mr. Potato's Head.
Change the mustache, eye brow and etc and you have a new face. I want them to make some of their own creation, so I'll have them draw them then cut them mostly myself, cause...Squirrel...
Cutting a piece off long enough for nose(s).
I used a D-7 crosscut saw on the saw bench
Then to liberate off one nose from that piece, I used the NOBEX Miter saw.
That they should be able to do at least once??
Then it's off to the scroll saw to cut the side shape out
quick work with a sharp shop knife .
Round off all the extremities and sides except the top which connect to the eye brow piece
Then draw and cut the eyebrow.
I would had been so much more proficient on a bandsaw, regardless of blade size...
I am starting to realized that this thing is not as easy to master as I first thought for the little ones..It required a lot of coordination hand & eyes, feeding a piece, following a line while holding it down and cranking with your other hand. No room for squirrels (or beers) in this equation... :-)
You can ease the workload on them by providing the cranking power yourself.
I think I will try cutting the next one using either my coping or fret saw
But that is as far as I got today...
Until the next time, keep your sticks on the ice. Heh!
Bob, the builder