[Photo: Melon scoop makes a solid perch]
The cedar boards I purchase from Home Depot have a finished and unfinished side and either can face outward on a GH birdhouse and make a presentable appearance. (Above: The unfinished side, lightly sanded and displaying four grooves added by table saw blade).
Two coats of spar varnish are added before all the colourful 'whatnots'.
Strips of western cedar stand out nicely when varnished.
Did I use enough red paint? : )
Will the 'whatnots' attract a bird's attention? We shall see.
Please link to GH Model Stirs the Pot