How to build a birdhouse

How to build a birdhouse

If you’ve always wanted to build something on your own, but weren’t sure where to start, try this step-by-step of how to build a birdhouse.

Greg Miller, founder of the Brunswick Forest Woodworking Club gave us a tutorial of how to build a bluebird birdhouse.

What you’ll need:

– 5 ft. piece of board that is 3/4 in. thick and 5 1/2 in. wide.
– Use either pine or cedar wood
– table saw
– tape measure
– screws and nails

Directions:

1. Cut all your pieces first. The dimensions of the pieces are:

  • Back – 14 in. x 5 1/2 in.
  • Both sides – 9 in. x 5 1/2 in.
  • Roof – 7 in. x 5 1/2 in.
  • Bottom – 4 1/2 in. x 4 3/4 in.
  • Front – 9 in. x 4 in.

2. Make the hole in the front for the bird to enter the birdhouse.

  • Dimensions of the hole are 1 3/4 in. x 1 1/2 in.

3. Assemble the birdhouse using clamps or an assistant to help you hold the pieces together.

  • Pre-drill your holes and then insert your screws.
  • Make sure the front piece is about 1/4 in. down from the top so you are able to lift the front to take out the old bird nest when necessary.

4. When securing the front, make sure to pre-drill your holes and use nails instead of screws so you can easily open and close the door.

5. Mount to a tree or pole.


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