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How to build a Birdhouse

Material needed: 1 1-4" finish nails, (3/8" dowel optional)

Cut out the following pieces out of 3/4" cedar:
Front & Back 9-1/2" x 7-1/4" peak 45°
Roof 7" x 6-1/2" and a 6-1/2" x 6-1/4"
sides 5-3/4" x 4"
Floor 5-3/4" x 4"

 

Birdhouse measurements - click here

Birdhouse
Bird House
Measure and draw birdhouse pieces
Birdhouse measured

Front and Back Biirdhouse pieces
Birdhouse pieces

The front and back measure 9-1/2" x 7-1/4" The peak for the front and back is 45°


Birdhouse Roof
Birdhouse sides and floor

There are two pieces for the roof. Measure and cut a 7" x 6-1/2" and a 6-1/2" x 6-1/4"

 

The two sides and the floor are all the same size 5-3/4" x 4" The floor has 45° cuts in each corner for ventilation.


Cut birdhouse pieces
Birdhouse pieces

I cut the pieces of the birdhouse with a jig-saw. I used a straight edge ruler as a guide to get a straight cut.

 

Cut the birdhouse pieces and assemble using 1-1/4 inch finishing nails. Use a spade bit to drill the entrance hole. The location and the size of the entrance hole will depend on the type of bird you are trying to attract.


attach the sides
Nail the front and back to the sides

Start with the front or back birdhouse pieces, and attach the sides.

 

Nail the front and back to the sides


The floor will be about half an inch up from the bottom of the birdhouse
screw in some 1-5/8 inch deck screws

The floor will be about half an inch up from the bottom of the birdhouse. Pre drill some holes on the sides and to the floor.

 

Now screw in some 1-5/8 inch deck screws. To clean out the birdhouse just unscrew the floor.


Birdhouse roof
Attach birdhouse roof

Attach the roof with 1-1/4 inch finishing nails. Start by nailing the short piece, then the larger piece. The larger piece will overlap the smaller piece.


Decorate birdhouse
Birdhouse finished

I screwed in eye screws in the roof and added a chain. I also added a perch this is optional. To add a perch, cut a 3 inch piece of dowel 3/8 inch in diameter, drill a 3/8 inch hole, add glue to the hole and attach dowel.

I painted and added decorations to the birdhouse, this is optional.