How to build a birdhouse

June 29, 2016Ama Ryllis

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We have still a lot of work in the house. The kitchen will be our next big building project, we need cabinets and the hood. We have everything ready, even the air exhaust vent…which is currently occupied by a family of birds. It’s the third year they came back, and they seem to like the place. I know it can damage the duct but I didn’t one to kick them out! So I build a birdhouse…hoping they will move in next year! It’s a quite simple project, perfect to use the few planks lying around.

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Cut the planks at the right dimensions (see the pic). The measurement are made for ¾ thickness planks. You can build the birdhouse with any reclaimed wood, but you may have to adjust dimensions if you work with a different wood thickness.

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Take the front piece a drill a hole using a 1 ½ hole saw. The hole is at a 5” distance from the bottom. Half inch below the hole, drill a second one with a 7/32 drill bit. This where you will place a dowel to make a perch.

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Use wood glue to fix the front, the small side, the back and the bottom together. Use clamps to hold the pieces while the glue dries.

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Glue the bigger side, align the wooden edges on the back to have a longer side on the front of the birdhouse.

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Glue the roof on top, aligned with the rest of the birdhouse. Use clamps and nails (if needed) to hold the pieces together while the glue dries.

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When all the piece are fixed together, sand the all birdhouse.

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Paint two sides of the house in a bright color. You can use masking tape to protect the part you don’t want to paint. When the paint is dry, pass two coats of acrylic varnish on the all birdhouse.
Put two eye-screw on the back of the house to be able to hook it on a tree. And done! Wait for the birds.

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Comments (1)

  • Burt Silver

    April 18, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Thanks for the birdhouse instructions! I love the way your birdhouse ends up asymmetrical. I will have to give it a try, it looks modern! A great tip I heard is to mount your birdhouse on a metal pole, because it makes it harder for predators to get up to it. I’m going to give that a try as well!

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