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Old 06-18-2011, 01:36 PM   #1
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Cathy inspired me! I took a break from intarsia and had my first try at compound cutting. The first few became firewood, but then I started getting the hang of it. It's fun and a it's nice not to have to do much sanding.

These are made from walnut, birch, oak, douglas fir and pine. I took the advice of a poster here to blacken the inside of the holes and was pleased with the results. I just used a black marker. These are finished with Old Master's satin gel varnish, the same stuff I use for intarsia. I do like the dipping idea, though.

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Nice cutting, Lou! When you get going, you just can't stop with one or two. <grin> Fun project!
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Really love them! They are on my to do list too, prints are ready....

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Nice work Lou.

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Aw shucks Lou you're making me blush! It's nice to know that I have inspired someone!! They are beautiful!! I love the finish on yours. I think I will make some more and try some different finishes to see what I like. Thanks for sharing!
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Nice work Lou, they are fun to make.
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Very nice. Thanks for the pics. Now you need to make a much bigger one for Gordon.

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I'm a bit worried about Gordon, Jan. Haven't seen hide nor hair (well, hair is rather rare on a snake, I guess) of him this year. I've tripped over a few small garter snakes, but no great-girthed Gordon! Got a robin's nest in the fern again though. I think the babies are almost ready to fly. So far me and Mama Bird have stayed on good terms. I haven't been stupid enough this year to try and water fern, so no dive bombing.

Making a house for Gordon would require very thick stock!

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Hey Lou and Cathy, I really like the looks of the Compound Birdhouses you two and making these days. I take it Diana Thompson has a book out with instructions on how to make them. Lou, sounds like a small learning curve to making them. My wife even thought they were very cute..
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Gosh Lou I wish I could find a project that had little or no sanding!!

Love the birdhouses.

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