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Project Hex: Building an Hexagonal Bird Table (Part 2)

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Having decided that the ’tiled’ route was definitely the best way forward, I forged on with tiling all six sides of the first tier. The cutting and sanding of each tile was getting laborious, so I cut and filed a dozen or so at a time, then glue them to the roof base. Mainly doing a row at a time.

Cutting the trianglar tiles for the ridge areas was the most difficult part. I had to cut against the wood grain in a specific direction, otherwise the tiny wood tiles would break up. I have to say, the gluing of the tiles was very therapeutic, and definitely the best part. The benefit of the slow drying glue is that it allowed for adjustment. The aligning of the tiles was most important, over the length of a section it was easy to be 5mm out vertically, so a constant check on levels and spacing was needed.

hex005Starting where I left off

hex006The entire first tier complete

hex007View from directly above

hex008I couldn’t get the tiles perfect along the ridges, but close enough

hex009With the first tier complete and dried, it was time for the second tier base to go on

hex010The six triangles of outdoor grade plywood go on, held in place with tape, to create the second tier.

hex012‘Birds eye view’… some shots of up inside the roof section

hex013The inside of the top of the roof… the staining is just oil that hasn’t dried.

Part 3 will follow soon…

Click here for Part 3 of ‘Project Hex’

Written by rufdog

May 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm

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  1. […] Click here for Part 2 of ‘Project Hex’ […]

  2. It is really beautiful thanks for sharing

    John N'Dong

    June 8, 2009 at 3:10 am


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