Dec. 5, 2018, 2:50 p.m.

Mason Bee Home Project

My second woodworking project is complete. I must be honest - I did not try to make this perfect. I really just wanted to get it done, partly because it is cold in the garage and because I hate pine. It is not an easy wood to work with - it has knots and is incredibly soft. Making flutes that have perfect entrance and exit holes is something I am still aiming for, but I am not there yet. Coupled with some chipping that sometimes happen, some of the holes are just not neat. Also, I do not yet have my shooting board so I struggle a bit with making my stock perfectly straight and square.

Remember, this is all done by hand - no electricity was used. Not even for drilling. Also, the point of a mason bee home is that it can be taken apart in the winter and the cocoons removed, that is why there is no joinery other than the four bolts and screws in the back panel.

Enough excuses - here it is.

Mason Bee Home Front
Mason Bee Home Front
Mason Bee Home Rear
Mason Bee Home Rear