Follow the sequence below and you will get your beautiful bird house. You need some scraps of plywood, a few screws, and a piece of dowel wood for the perch. We decorated the bottom part, just for fun using coloured electrical tape. The birds love the welcome sign!
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You can make this birdhouse from some scrap plywood. Hang it up against you house or barn or against a tree as long as it is in the shade, otherwise it would overheat. The birds will come! “First come, first served!”
We show the bottom, sides and front and back of the birdhouse. Engineers normally show the parts in a “projection” that tells them how they fit together. Can you see how the front and back flip up, then the sides and … presto…you have the basic house!
Not too fast though, follow the instructions below and you will get there.
The bottom is a square piece of wood, plywood might be the best, about 10 by 10 cm, or 4×4 inch. The width of the front and back are therefore also 10 cm or 4 inch. But… the sides must be a little wider to match the total of the bottom width and the thickness of the plywood of the front and back!
Note the hole in the front is made with a one inch or 2.5 centimeter diameter hole saw. That is a saw that is like a shallow tin can and it has teeth. Any plumber or carpenter has it, but most hobbyist don’t. So you need to be adventurous and find a trades person who will gladly help you!
The roof is just a piece of plywood that is bigger than the body of the birdhouse so that it shelters the house. Birds like a good roof over their head, same as you…
We used number 6 screws, they are not too thick and use the ones that are about 1.25 inch or 30mm long. If something goes wrong, you can start over by drilling a new pilot hole and this time you will be right, for sure…
We use number 6 screws about 1.25 inch long about 30 millimeter, but it does not really matter too much, select a screw from your collection that is long enough. Number 6 screws are nice because they are not too thick and don’t split the wood. Ask any hardware store for the number 6 screws, they sell them by the piece or in a box of hundred. Good luck!
You might need to pull out a nail that did not go into the front panel or back panel when you nail the roof in place. Put the roof on top of the birdhouse and check if it sits nicely square and aligned on the sides, then hammer one nail in, hope for the best! If the nail goes beside the underlying wood, either leave it in place or pull it back out and try again. This requires some skill and patience, a great learning experience! You might also need some help from an older more experienced friend or adult. The birds deserve a good roof!