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    Re: 5/4 Cedar

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    Don't laugh. Bird houses. A friend wants want IDENTICAL to one she has. It appears to be made from 1" barn wood.
    In my spare time I volunteer here building blue bird houses. We normally build, or should I say assemble 1,500 in a morning. We do it once a month. All our house are made out of either 5/4 pine (stair tread) or 5/4 cypress planks.

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    Re: 5/4 Cedar

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    In my spare time I volunteer here building blue bird houses. We normally build, or should I say assemble 1,500 in a morning. We do it once a month. All our house are made out of either 5/4 pine (stair tread) or 5/4 cypress planks.

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    Well, guess what. It appears you made this one. I can't buy the wood for your selling price. I need to get a few of these from you.

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    Re: 5/4 Cedar

    That's an admirable undertaking and bluebirds are fun to have around the yards and gardens. Who saws/dimensions the wood that you folks "assemble" with nails or screws?

    I've built a few bluebird houses and prefer 5/4 cypress. We usually have a pair or two producing 2-3 broods/summer. What fun, and they're pretty friendly birds too.

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    Re: 5/4 Cedar

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    That's an admirable undertaking and bluebirds are fun to have around the yards and gardens. Who saws/dimensions the wood that you folks "assemble" with nails or screws?

    I've built a few bluebird houses and prefer 5/4 cypress. We usually have a pair or two producing 2-3 broods/summer. What fun, and they're pretty friendly birds too.

    https://education.usgs.gov/kids/birdhouse.html
    It is all done in house. There are a few regulars who precut the bulk for it. They actually have several SawStop saws where most of the cutting is done. Of course lots of jigs for cutting and assembly. When we assemble there are normally 15-20 volunteers working along 2 long tables. Assembly is done with pneumatic brad nailers. Anyone is welcome to come by.
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    Re: 5/4 Cedar

    Are those bluebird houses the same ones sold in the State Employees Credit Union? If so, they are well made and it costs less to buy there than to try to build one yourself. We have 2 in our back yard and we replace them every couple of years.

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    Re: 5/4 Cedar

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    Are those bluebird houses the same ones sold in the State Employees Credit Union? If so, they are well made and it costs less to buy there than to try to build one yourself. We have 2 in our back yard and we replace them every couple of years.
    Yes, they're the same ones. The price can't be beat.

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    Re: 5/4 Cedar

    Quote Originally Posted by nn4jw View Post
    Are those bluebird houses the same ones sold in the State Employees Credit Union? If so, they are well made and it costs less to buy there than to try to build one yourself. We have 2 in our back yard and we replace them every couple of years.
    In the quantity we build them and using mostly volunteers I am told for the pine houses the cost is about $5.00. I do not know what the price of the cypress houses are. They are only made for special orders. We occasionally make other houses such as bat and wood duck.
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    Re: 5/4 Cedar

    What is the price at the SECU? The same as the website prices below?

    http://www.easternbluebirdrescue.org/order.htm

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    Yes, they're the same ones. The price can't be beat.
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    Re: 5/4 Cedar

    Can anyone walk in and buy one or do you have to be a credit union member?


    Quote Originally Posted by nn4jw View Post
    Are those bluebird houses the same ones sold in the State Employees Credit Union? If so, they are well made and it costs less to buy there than to try to build one yourself. We have 2 in our back yard and we replace them every couple of years.

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    Re: 5/4 Cedar

    The houses cost around $10. Maybe $5. It's been a year since I bought the last couple. As far as I know any one could walk in and buy them. They are usually on a display near the seating/waiting area.

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    Re: 5/4 Cedar

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    What is the price at the SECU? The same as the website prices below?

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    The price at SECU was $10, but they're the pine versions, and some of them were not particularly well constructed. It appears that they were the leftovers.

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    Re: 5/4 Cedar

    Thanks. I'm not going to buy a poorly constructed pine birdhouse even for a cheap $10.

    My cypress ones are about 8-12 years old and they're holding up well in the weather 24/7/365!


    Quote Originally Posted by patlaw View Post
    The price at SECU was $10, but they're the pine versions, and some of them were not particularly well constructed. It appears that they were the leftovers.

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    Re: 5/4 Cedar

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    Thanks. I'm not going to buy a poorly constructed pine birdhouse even for a cheap $10.
    To be clear, the old one I have made by the same organization is well constructed. It, too, lasted a long time. The ones I saw at SECU looked like the templates may be getting worn or the boards are warping. That is, the ones I saw were the ones left after the lot had been picked over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patlaw View Post
    To be clear, the old one I have made by the same organization is well constructed. It, too, lasted a long time. The ones I saw at SECU looked like the templates may be getting worn or the boards are warping. That is, the ones I saw were the ones left after the lot had been picked over.
    You didn't explain that earlier...The price at SECU was $10, but they're the pine versions, and some of them were not particularly well constructed. It appears that they were the leftovers.

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    Re: 5/4 Cedar

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    You didn't explain that earlier...
    I don't in any want to disparage this organization. They're doing a great job. My point is, I don't think that these leftovers are typical of the birdhouses they're building.

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