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Purse Birdhouse
This project appeared in our June 13th, 2003 Newsletter.

Marilyn got the idea for this at a you-paint ceramics store that had a ceramic purse/vase. I did the design and all the building and she did all the hard work of making it a piece of art. We think you'll like this little project.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1" X 8" X 36" Pine or Spruce.
  • (2) 1/2" hinges.
  • 1/2" X 5 3/4" dowel.
  • 1/4" X 2 1/2" dowel.
  • 6 1/8" X 2 3/4" X 1/8" plywood.
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Lay out and cut the front and back pieces 8" wide at the bottom, 5 1/4" wide at the top and 6 1/6" high. Cut the bottom edge at a 12 1/2" to 13 1/2" angle.
Lay out and cut the side pieces 3" wide at the bottom, a center point at the top and 6 3/8" high. Cut the bottom edge at a 12 1/2" to 13 1/2" angle.

Glue and nail the sides to the front and back.
Cut a 1/2" diameter dowel to 5 3/4".
Make the handle 5 1/4" X 5 1/4". The handle will be 1" wide so lay out the width with a full inside and outside radius.
Route the inside and outside edges of the handle with a 5 /16" roundover bit to within 1" of the ends.

Drill a 1/2" hole centered 1" up from each end.

Cut through the hole so that the handle will line up with the purse top over the 1/2" dowel.

Pilot drill the 1/2" dowel to glue and nail it to the bottom of the handle.
Attach the handle to the purse by drilling two pilot holes at an angel from the back through the dowel. Glue and nail the dowel to the purse.

Drill a 1 1/4" hole 2" up from the bottom on the front for the bird hole.
Drill a 1/4" hole 1/2" below it for the perch.
Make the bottom from 1/8" plywood cut 6 1/8" X 2 3/4".
Attach it with two 1/2" hinges.
Make a hasp out a scrap piece of wood and attach with a flat head screw.

All that's left is painting and enjoying.

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