How to Build a Wood Bird House

Free Woodworking Plans from Lee's Wood Projects

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Can you imagine this wooden bird house included in your flower garden? The charm of this cute little house will add interest to your yard and provide hours of bird- watching pleasure. The bird house design provides a sanctuary for small birds and gives an added unique appearance to outdoor surroundings. Also, the materials will withstand inclement weather and require little upkeep. If you wished, it could also be used as an indoor decoration by eliminating the post.

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Technical Information for Making a Wooden Bird House

A. Materials List:

1 A Front 1/2" x 12" x 16 3/4" Cedar
1 B Rear 1/2" x 12" x 16 3/4" Cedar
2 C Sides 1/2" x 7" x 7 1/2" Cedar
2 D Roof Sheathing 1/4" x 9 3/4" x 14 3/16" Cedar
1 E Lower Cabinet Frame 1/2" x 7" x 11" Cedar
1 F Post Plate 1/2" x 7" x 11" Cedar
6 G Shingles 3 1/4" x 4 1/2" Cedar
4 H Shingles 5 1/16" x 9 1/8" Cedar
6 I Shingles 3 1/4" x 15 1/8" Cedar
1 J Post 4" Dia. x 8' Cedar
4 K Wood Screws #10 x 1 1/2" Steel

Red Cedar

B. Cutting Procedure:

  1. Cut the front (A) 12" x 16 3/4". Measure and mark the center width on the top. Measure up from the bottom 7" on both sides, and then draw lines from the 7" marks to the center mark. Use a band saw to cut the angled shapes for the top. Repeat the same procedure for the back (B).
  2. Us a drill press and a 1" Foerstner bit to drill five holes in the front (A) and rear (B) respectively at centers specified on the front view drawing.
  3. Cut the sides (C) 7" x 7 1/2". Tilt the table saw blade to 30 degrees and use a miter gauge to cut an angle on one end of both sides.
  4. Cut the roof sheathing (D) 9 3/4" x 14 3/16". Use the table saw to cut 30 degree angles on one end of both the roof sheathings.
  5. Cut base (E) and post plate (F) to 7" x 11". With a pencil and straight edge draw diagonal lines from the corners of the base (E) to find the center. Use a compass to scribe a 4" diameter circle at the center of the base. Use a 1/2" drill bit and a drill press to drill a hole through the center. Remove the scroll saw blade and insert it through the center hole of the base. Reattach the blade and cut out the 4" diameter hole.
  6. Cut roof shingles (G), (H), & (I) to 3 1/4" x 4 1/2", 5 1/16" x 9 1/8", & 3 1/4" x 15 1/8" respectively. Cut all shingles to a 30 degree angle on the thinner edges.

C. Wood Bird House Assembly Procedure:

  1. Place a bead of wood glue on each edge of the sides (C). Attach the front (A) and the back (B) to the sides (C) using a nail gun and 1 1/2" nails.
  2. Place a bead of glue on each edge of the base (E) and insert it into the bottom of the bird house assembly and secure it in place using a nail gun and 1 1/2" nails. The base should be snug and fit flush with the bottom of the front, rear and sides.
  3. Spread glue on the bottom of the post plate (F) and place it on top of the base (E). Use nails to secure it in place.
  4. Use two 3/4" nails to temporarily attach each roof sheathing (D) to the sloped portions of front (A) and rear (B).
  5. With the roof sheathing temporarily in place, attach the roof shingles. Start with the 15 1/8" shingles and space them 3/8" apart. They should also extend beyond the sheathing by 9/16" on the bottom and 3/8" on each side. The medium length shingles should be attached next, and the shortest shingles should be attached last. Use wood glue and 1/2" nails to secure the shingles. The nails should be placed so the overlapping shingles will cover the nails. Make sure that the sheathing and the shingles fit flush at the top.
  6. Carefully remove the sheathing/shingle assemblies and lay them aside. Place glue in the base hole and insert the post (J) into the hole. From the inside of the bird house screw the post (J) to the post plate (F) with four #10 x 1 1/2" wood screws.
  7. Use glue and a nail gun with 1 1/2" nails to secure the roof sheathing/shingle assemblies back on the bird house.

D. Finish Procedure:

  1. Paint or varnish the bird house to protect it from the elements.
  2. Also varnish the post to help preserve it.

E. Installation Procedure:

  1. Use a posthole digger to dig a hole approximately 2 feet deep.
  2. Place the post into the hole. Have someone hold the post vertical while you pour the hole full of dry concrete. Pour water into the hole and use a crowbar to mix the concrete thoroughly.

Congratulations, your wood bird house is finished and ready to adorn your yard!

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