I am building a round bird feeder which will have cedar shingles for the
roof. Except I can't find the shingles. Dollhouse shingles are too
small...at least the ones I've found. I think the shingles should be
approximately 21/2" to 3" in length and 11/2" wide. Any help is
I, personally, have bought the 8 ft. or 12 ft. strips of cedar siding,
used for home building, and cut them down. They have a nice angle on them
and still have the same rough cedar look. They actually work very well for
most smaller jobs, mainly because they are thinner but still tapered and you
can cut them to any size you need. I would advise to drill pilot holes.
When I was building bird houses, I too would buy larger stock and cut it
down to size. Most of what I used I found by dumpster diving. I have built
about 50 bird houses that cost me nothing but glue and time. Sold most of
them, too! Allowed me to buy more tools!!!!!
Once I found a sheet of 1/16 black plastic, I cut that down to look like
shingles , that bird house adorns our yard. My wife decided it looked to
much like our own house to sell!
Try buying some regular shingles and cutting them down to size, The
thicker ones will split with a blade - if your carefull, or you can
resaw them down, or you can plane them down by hand (easy) or with a
power planer if you have one.
Or you can resize the bird feeder to the size of the shingles
available. You might get Condors coming over for a feed.
I was going to suggest doll house shingles. Billy has a good thought. I was
doing a doll house and I started making my own shingles once. Whew, what a
pain, I needed about 1000 of them. I got to about 100 and quit, spent the
$10 for a huge bag of them.
Anyway - I installed them with hot glue. It should be waterproof and sets up
in seconds. Should work with your larger shingles too. I was going to nail
or staple but glue was actually faster and cheaper.
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