A Birdhouse For Beginners
With its classic good looks, this one-board birdhouse will fit in anywhere.
While this birdhouse is as simple as it gets, it has a lot going for it. It can be made very quickly...uses minimal materials and tools...and boasts a sleek look that will make any budding woodworker proud to say, "I built it myself!".
"We've had a simple one-board birdhouse like this in our yard for the past 3 years, and have had occupants each spring," says Loron Holden of Lillian, Alabama.
We simplified Loron's design a bit so even kids can take on this project with a little help from an adult. So clear off your workbench, grab your hammer and tape measure and start showing that young woodworker-in-training how it's done.
Here's What You'll Need...
- One 5-foot 1-inch x 6-inch No. 2 pine board
- 1-5/8-inch galvanized deck screws
- 2-inch galvanized finishing nails
- Power drill
- Appropriate-size spade bit
- Hand saw
Let's Saw That Board!
- Using the full width of the 1-inch x 6-inch board, cut out the pieces as shown in the board layout at right.
- Drill a centered entrance hole about 2-1/2 inches from the top of the front piece.
- Attach the front to the sides with 1-5/8-inch deck screws. Predrill the holes in the front piece to prevent the wood from splitting.
After nesting season when it's time to clean out the birdhouse, remove these screws for easy access.
- Attach the back to the sides with 2-inch finishing nails. Be sure each nail goes in straight. We recommend predrilling the holes
- Cut about 1/2 inch off each corner of the floor for drainage.
- Recess the floor 1/4 inch up from the bottom of the house, then attach it with 2-inch finishing nails from the sides and back. Do not nail the floor from the front or you won't be able to open it for cleaning.
- Attach the roof to the sides with 1-5/8-inch deck screws.
You're finished—your board is now a birdhouse. Nice job!