Build a One-Board DIY Birdhouse
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Birds don’t require fancy designs when they’re choosing a nesting site. This simple DIY birdhouse is made from a single pine board and requires only a few tools to assemble. Learn how to build a birdhouse yourself and save your money for bird seed!
- One 5-foot 1- 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
Using the full width of the 1-inch x 6-inch board, cut out the pieces as shown in the board layout diagram.
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. Predrill the holes, making sure each one is straight.
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. That’s it! Next, learn how to build a bluebird house and attract nesting birds with better birdhouses.