Building birdhouses can be a lot of fun whether you build them for fun or for resale. A simple birdhouse doesn’t have to be expensive to build as they take very little material.
Everything required is available at your local home centre.
Material:- one cedar or redwood board—1″x 8″ x 8′ long (this will make 2 birdhouses)
:- 1-1/4″ galvanized finishing nails —-1/4″ dowel, wood glue and paint or stain
Tools:- tape measure, square, mitre saw or table saw, clamps, paintbrush, drill with 3/32 bit, 1/4″ bit and 1-1/2 spade-Forstner or hole saw bit
Cut front and back 9″ high x 7-1/4″ wide
Make a vertical mark down the centre of each board—-using a mitre saw set at 45deg. —–cut from the centre vertical line to the outer sides of the board. Make marks at the bottom end of the board 1-1/2″ from the outer edges.
Cut sides of the board from the bottom mark to the ends of the 45 deg. cuts on the sides.
Cut two sides :- 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Roof:- one:- 6″ x 7-1/4″ and one:- 5-1/8″ x 7-1/4″ Bottom:- 5-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
Cut bottom corners at 45 deg. to allow for cleaning.
Using a 1-1/2″ bit, drill the bird’s entrance hole 4″ down from the peak following the centre vertical line. Clamp the board to be drilled to another scrap board to prevent splintering.
Assemble the sides to the end pieces using glue. Pre-drill nail holes and drive the finishing nails home. Install the bottom also with glue and nails.
The installation of the roof is also glued and nailed in position. Finally, drill a 1/4″ hole 1″ below the entrance hole and then glue a 3″ piece of 1/4″ dowel into the hole.
The final step is to beautify your birdhouse perhaps colouring the roof one colour and the rest another colour.