Weekend DIY Birdhouse Part 2

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Hi fellow Hiveians,

Today I am closing in the diy birdhouse that I built with the little man recently!

If you want to check out the first edition it’s right here!

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Roof Overhead

It was fun closing in the birdhouse recently. There’s still a tiny bit of work left to do but for the most part it’s ready to get painted! That painting is the wife’s job so she can partake in having the fun of it all. She likes doing painting things so I don’t mind. I’m a stainer, she’s a painter lol

The little munchkin is getting great at using a square and pencil! He helps me make the lines that I use to cut. He loves using some tools like squares, levels, tape measures and lots of others.


I may be going a little overboard by adding glue to the build but I like to make it quality whenever I can lol. I was going to use hot glue to seal it up but I couldn’t find the glue sticks so super glue it was! I wanted to use wood glue as the best but I didn’t have any on hand so we used what we had lying around. The package lied though they said it would dry in 10 minutes, 2 hours later it wasn’t dry yet! I wanted to button it up so that the inside was warm and free of a breeze for the birds that make it home. The hole will let in wind of course but the floor won’t, should be good if they end up making a nest out of it!


So while I was waiting for the glue to dry, I measured and marked up the other piece of wood I had for the roof pieces. I guess I could have done just one long piece on each side of the roof but I wasn’t sure how that would fit. If we make another one I’ll definitely do that style! I measured, with the help of the little man, 12 inch by 4 inch boards. Giving a bit of room for an overhang on either side so the rain slides off it, at least in theory lol.


So what I did here was use the drill to drill a pilot hole so putting the nails in was a lot easier but it gave the nail a guide hole to go into. I think I will put some glue on top of the nails to make sure they don’t slide out. I think I’ll super glue or hot glue the sides and between the different roof boards so it doesn’t fall apart. It is plywood after all, so it might just fall apart in a month or two lol.


So looking at it from this angle I think we will find a stick and glue it along the line of the peak. That way it seals it in and we take some wood from around us rather than the store bought stuff. It gives it a bit of a rustic look. Maybe I watch too much HGTV lol


So the roof line sticks out a bit which is what I wanted. I still need to put a few more nails in it but I wasn’t sure how I would do it with the proximity the pieces of wood have to each other at the peak. The glue would run along the ridge line so that it seals it in and prevents it from popping open like non-glued nails often tend to do.


Not shes which end I will be putting the hole for the bird yet but it’s going to end up being a fairly good size birdhouse I think! I mean it’s 16 inches to the peak, that’s pretty big I think. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out considering that I just went to the supply store and just bought a sheet of plywood, thinking we were going to build something lol



What did you do this weekend? Among other things I had a lot of fun building this second part with our son!

If you did anything recently DIY, this weekend or not, let me know what you had going on!

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That's a nice DIY project. It looks like a large bird house. Is it going to hang or set atop a pole?

Thank you for stopping by! I’m thinking of securing it to a pole or tree or something. I think it’s a bit too big to hang, no? I’ve never built a bird house before so I don’t know much about what they are ideally set up with. Probably why it came out so large lol

I thought it was too big to hang. I'm no expert, but I read once that you had to secure it from any small animals who get the idea to crawl up the pole. It has to be coated with some type of smooth substance. Or I think it may be a certain type of pole used that slick and they can't gain a footing.

That's definitely good to think about! I'm not sure where to hang it now. We do have a space between two big pine trees that we can attach it somehow via a string that goes across. I will have to do a little more research on how to best hang a birdhouse for birds not the other animals that are trying to set up shop!

Oh! Good job, men. 👍
I like the birdhouse you're building... 🤗 The little man must be very happy. 😍 It's great yo do this kind of activities in family.
I love doing things with my parents... 💜

Yeah, doing things with our parents is really precious! I remember some of my best memories with my dad (he's still alive, I just don't live with him anymore lol) were when we were together doing stuff.

Our son loves doing all of these things with my wife and I, it's really nice. We know some people who's kids don't want to play with their parents at all and it makes us sad but there's some other things involved with that of course. We are just grateful our son likes to play with us every day!

Sorry I took a little bit to respond, I was working on another post in the engagement community! It was a lot of fun to do, if you'd like to check it out!

well, I think that children who do not like to do things with their parents is because their parents did not teach them or did not accustom them to it, I am almost sure that it goes with parenting, I am 16 years old and I prefer to do all with my parents that alone hehehe ... well, I don't have many friends but I still think that would not change my thinking.🙃
I also made a post in the engagement community on Sunday, that community and its people are very good and funny, I love it. I'll look.😍

You and your DIY's mate...Making us mortal lazy blokes look bad!

Seriously though, there's nothing quite like the satisfaction of getting some DIY done around the house on the weekend. Nice work!

We had a good weekend too, not much happened...Shooting Saturday morning and date night Saturday night then a few little chores around the house Sunday...Kind of quiet, but still enjoyable.

Thanks for using the community mate, much appreciated...I hope you will do so again.

Yeah, I remember reading about your date night, I'm glad it was nice! There are some sad things mixed in with that, I think I read that your mother-in-law got diagnosed with cancer, that's very challenging, I'm sorry to hear that! I don't know the scenario but if you look up some essential oils, there are several things that have good track records of making her feel better depending on what's going on such as improving/eliminating nausea, eliminating aches and pains and other things. Not huge but sometimes quality of life is the most important at times and something as easy as an aroma or massage-oil to help can really do wonders. I can elaborate if you'd like but I don't know what your stance is on that type of stuff so I don't want to be pushy. If you don't want to, no worries at all!

I plan on posting in the community with relevant things as much as I can! We often go out or do things on the weekend that are post-worthy and I've posted elsewhere. The rewards are acceptable but it's a shame that it doesn't get more comments and engagement! I think the track record of this community so far is really awesome for engagement!

The DIY projects with our son are a lot of fun, he gets so much joy out of something as simple as building something with wood. I should take a few pictures of our living room lately, he stole a couple of my small pine 2x4's and has them across the living room every single day pretend building stuff like houses, 'master bathrooms' (cracks us up that he gets that specific saying he's building a master bath) and lots of other fun stuff. The absolute best part about it is we don't force him to do any of it. He's got such a great imagination and loves to do anything building so it's really precious to watch.

Yeah man, secondary cancer...She almost dies last year with the primary, mainly through the chemo treatment, and was declared clear...Now, cancer somewhere else...She's having a PET scan as I type this as it turns out. Friday we will know the full extent and the prognosis.

The engagement will come...It's not about the community, that's more about the user. There's hundreds, if not thousands, of comments on other communities, ocd and gems for instance with no comments at all...Build relationships and you'll get comments is a mantra for me, and you too also of course, and yet people don't want to put in the effort. That's ok, I'll take all the comments on my posts, no worries. You know? Makes me fucking angry at times...People begging me for a vote but they invest no effort in building a relationship, or even presenting their own posts with anything close to effort. Anyway, I better take a chill pill. Lol.

Your DIY stuff, the way you involve E with it, will pay dividends for him later. It builds a mindset, curiosity and a think out of the box ethos. But what do I know, I'm not a parent.

I appreciate you remembering the little man’s name, I truly do, though with our exchange on the other post that brought it up I think it’s not too hard to!

Yeah the engagement is sad. Some of the brightest recent stars I’ve come across just fizzled out with no warning. I actually just hacked the shit out of my following list and eliminated over 120 accounts that just stopped posting. Several of them do make it a point to power down and keep taking the money every cycle of the power down, so that’s a damn shame. The best we can do is try to bring more people into the engagement mindset in various ways, be it the weekend events, reminders or just dropping them from our list until they get the hint. The quality ones thankfully stick around so that’s good, going to keep looking for more and more as I can.

Oh cool, so clearly you know what you're about with medical imaging. Depending on the results I might share a bit...We will know Friday.

I think it's good to cull your follow list sometimes, I do the same so mine hovers around 100. I lament the loss of some that I really liked a lot but if they are not here there's no point in me following them...out with the old and in with the new.

What annoys me is the feeling of entitlement many have...The, I'm here so deserve huge votes mentality. It's like a recent chap you came across...A couple of amazing, if way to long, posts and some commenting from hive drummed up by you and I...A what is there in return? A single comment made by that user...One! Yeah, it's time for me to move on to more engaging people, no mater how good the post was. Votes and comments are not an entitlement.

So, cull that list mate. My threshold is about 3 months...Any longer with no posting and they're out.

(Of course I remember his name, I'm pretty good like that.) :)

What a good looking project to do with your son! A bird house built with love is far and away the best.

My DIY for the weekend? The endless washer and dryer saga goes on. I went to replace the service breaker (which had died due to operator error) and had the wrong breaker. I'll need to go to an Electrical Supply in town. And I apparently kicked the cable supply cable and had some internet problems throughout the weekend. More of the same, I'm afraid.

Thanks for sharing the bird house. I have winter neighbors that gave me a bird house just before they left but it is now a piece of art in my living room. It is beauty!

Sorry it took me a bit to respond! I was working on my latest small project for the Engagement posts! here if you haven't seen it yet!

I did my own DIY washing machine repair, here a few months ago and it was fun! It can be challenging, as many DIY repairs can, but it's a great learning experience, I think! The saga for you sounds like it's definitely taking some turns, I will try and check it out!

I love doing little DIY projects with our son, he's helped me on so many of them and he gets so much joy out of working with his hands. We are hoping we have a building contractor or something on our hands when he gets older!

It's never too late! My brother the mortgage banker and his buddy bought the buddy's Grandmothers place to settle the contentious estate for his friend. They decided to clean it, then remodel it and sell it. They made a very tidy sum. So they've done 5 or 6 more since. My brother's buddy quit his day job and they are just having fun. They are going to build 2 in the next year now also and are a licensed contractor. He is old enough to retire!

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Perfect job

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