Monthly Archives: July 2015


6 Blue Bird Houses with a slot opening and front opening door.

I think I’m done now. Well, no, I still have to brand them with my insignia. And I might make an Alpine Meadows brand after my father’s Angus brand. So that makes these identical 6, plus the lid-opening / hole entry, plus the proto-house that I converted to a wren house by laying a smaller 1″ hole over the original 1.5″ hole. The bluebirds brood up to 3 times in a season, so if I get these in place soon they might find tenants this summer.


Hanging hardware solution- my radial arm saw cuts metal as well as wood, with the same blade. A three foot section of pre-drilled and offset galvanized steel made 6″ sections for each house. This will make anchoring to a fence pole easy and secure.


Pull the pin to unlock the door, it swivels upward and the old nest can be cleaned out.


Bluebirds prefer a slot, while Starlings and Sparrows don’t; so new design ditches the hole for a slot (1 8/30 high).

I found some new info on bluebirds, showing that they prefer slot openings and it deters other birds. I also didn’t like the open-top box, for structural reasons as well as access for cleaning. This design is tighter, stronger, and comparatively seamless- it should shrug off Montana winters much more effectively.


The open-top model leads to structural issues over seasons, and the open-front makes cleaning simpler. The lock is just a copper pin that pierces the outer wall and seats into the door.


The back panel has a big hanging hasp left over from another project, and the bottom will anchor to the pole with a screw through a predrilled hole from underneath through the back. The arc of holes over the hasp are air holes, and the sides have half-inch air gaps near the peak.


As long as most of the afternoon was spent figuring out the prototype, might as well take a few more minutes to crank out another with the remaining length of board.


This model has every upgrade possible, let’s hope the birdies move in.


Mold of tarantula’s body: silicon and plaster.


Outside of a spider, a dog is a man’s best friend. Inside of a spider, turns out, is hollow and you can see just fine.


Legs and backpack molded in silicon and plaster.


The molds are cut apart, but not separated all the way to the bottom. This allows an easier wax pour, and ensures proper registration.


The spider after molding.


The wax bits, cooling down for chasing/fitting. I’ll likely have it cast as these separate parts, then weld it back together when it is in bronze.