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Steve Cox

I heard about the club via Jim, who is an ex-work colleague – I’m also a retired chartered surveyor. I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands (so why did I spend 33 years working in an office?!) and am very much into DIY and old cars/motorbikes. I joined the club about 2 years ago, with little experience of joinery and everyone has been very helpful, guiding me through the intricacies of dovetail joints and the like.

The birdhouse in the picture (for small birds, not pigeons) has taken me several months to complete. It’s the second set of floors (three), the third set of sides, and the third pole that I’ve made!

The floors were cut on the bandsaw, but each side varied between 151 and 156mm, so I then cut each side to fit the portion of floor to which it was attached. The sides were also cut on the bandsaw, to exactly the same length, and each edge angled at 22½ degrees so they met. When I put it all together, the sides didn’t level up because the pole was twisted, as was the second, as was the third, which we put through the planer and straightened up, after which it went together a treat.

The roof is plywood, covered in lead, which I had left over from another adventure. The finial is an ex-Wickes post top.

I go to the workshop most Thursdays – it’s a nice way to spend a day, in a superb location.

Sideboard in oak