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Old 06-05-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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I got the birdhouses and birds cut, perches attached and birdies glued on!! Now just to figure out an easy way to finish them!! Anyone got any suggestions??

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I'm going to take them to a little Bed and Breakfast near here to put in the gift shop. Has anyone had any experience selling these?? I just wondered how much to ask for them. Thanks for any finishing and/or pricing advice!!
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Hi Cathy, If those were mine, I would dip them in a 50/50 mix of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits. Blow off the excess oil with compressed air then let dry for a day or two. Then apply a topcoat of semi gloss spray lacquer. If you don't want to go to all that trouble, you will be OK with just the spray lacquer.
BTW, I love the bird houses!
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You can pack them up into a box and send them to me then you won't have to worry about finishing them.lol I use danish oil and spray lacguer on them. I like the gloss look on most of the things I do. Good job on them. What wood did you use? Bobby






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Great work! They are lovely.
Pricing is really dependant upon how much you want for your time and
what the market in your area will bear.
Good Luck! I hope you get a fair price so you and your customers are both
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Bobby, it's more like what woods didn't I use!! Let's see there is Willow, Butternut, Redwood, Poplar, Cypress and I think it was Alder for the birdhouses. The birds are made out of Cypress, Madrone, Redhart, Blue Pine, Yellowhart, Padauk, Purplehart, Orange Parot Wood and Peruvian Walnut. You can sure use up scraps making these!!
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Cathy,
Is the owner of the B&B going to charge you a fee for selling there? If so I'd sell em for $10.00, if not I'd sell em for $7.50. I'd use the dip and satin finish lacquer for my finish as well.
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Cathy, I made some of them awhile back and I dipped the house in the 50/50 mix,
then sprayed them with Min Wax fast drying polyurethane clear sation.
I usally use lacquer.

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Mike, the B&B is going to charge to sell, but I guess that's the nature of the beast. Ok, I'm thinking seriously about dipping them. I'll be sure and post the finished pictures!! Thanks so much for the advice and the nice words!!!!
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Sweeeeeeet tweets.......weren't they fun to make.....I'd give them a bath in lemon oil and spray with Deft lacquer satin. Good luck with your sales. I never sell anything so I have no clue about the price.
I notice you don't have a hook on the top, are you planning on putting one? I know it will add to the cost, but I found small eye hooks at Michaels for mine so I could hang them. Just a thought for ya.
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Most excellent!! I agree with the dipping. Those should sell like hotcakes.
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