Build your own birdhouse from scratch and add a personal touch with a burned-in pattern.
Measure and cut the pine board into 5 pieces:
A. 10-in. piece for front
B. 10-in. piece for roof
C. 7¾-in. piece for back
D. 18-in. piece for sides
E. 4-in. piece for floor
Save the remaining scrap board for wood-burning practice.
For sides, on D, measure and mark 8 in. along the top and 10 in. along the bottom. Draw a line connecting the points. Cut along this diagonal to yield 2 pieces, each with an 8-in. and a 10-in. side.
With spade bit or hole saw, on A (front), drill entrance hole 2 to 2½ in. from a short side.
On front side of A, drill through each corner with a narrow bit, then attach A to 10-in. sides of D with four 15/8-in. deck screws.
Attach C (back) to center of the 8-in. sides of D with two 2-in. finishing nails. Predrill holes in C using a slightly smaller bit.
Cut about ½ in. off each corner of E (floor) for drainage gaps when house is complete.
Set the floor ¼ in. up from the bottom of the house, then attach it with four 2-in. finishing nails at the sides and back. (Do not nail the floor at the front, or you won’t be able to unscrew the birdhouse front for cleaning.)
Attach B (roof) to top at sides with four 15/8-in. deck screws. Predrill holes in B with a narrow bit.
Sand the exterior of the birdhouse smooth, including the entrance hole, with fine-grit sandpaper.
Use carbon paper to trace a design onto the wood, or draw it freehand.
With burner pen at desired temperature, follow the pattern, being careful not to put too much pressure on the pen tip. When the pattern is finished, hang the birdhouse in your favorite backyard spot.