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The Day We Didn’t Go To Cornwall.

November 17, 2010

By Becky

It’s Wednesday and its raining. Although that’s not quite a good enough word for what the weather is doing outside. So as a geeky meteorologist I went to see what the Met Office said about the weather; its very cold – 7 degrees, very windy – 19mph, very gusty – 34 mph and heavy rain. We all agree with that. So we had a brainstorm this morning to work out what we were going to do, as we didn’t fancy going back to Coombe heath to cut more birch down, and we weren’t sure how well the fire would go.

Then Steve came to our rescue and asked us to build some bird boxes, which we could do in the comfort of our own common room. Firstly though we had to go out and brave the elements and buy some wood to make them. Then we could crack on with making them.

So what do we need to do?

Josh started off by sawing up some of the wood into the carefully marked out sections, although he was new to the world of pannel saws and so took him a while to get the hang of it. But a couple of hours later he got there and all the pieces needed for the first bird box were made.

Half an hour later Josh got all the way through it.

After screwing them all together and going to show Steve we only got a 7/10, so adjustments were needed to make them perfect. We made the back longer so at a later date straps can be wrapped around them to attach them to trees and found some magical glue to glue the rubber hinge  on for the roof instead of using nails, to make sure the hinge is water tight. Also the first protype was lacking the key ingredient for a bird box – a hole for the birds to get in.

Then we flew through the rest of the bird boxes and made another 5 in probably the same amount of time it took us to make the first one.

A good days work

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 17, 2010 5:57 pm

    Good work Dudes!

    A definite improvement over the original 7/10 one..

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