Birdhouses provide living space for migrating and local birds, allowing families to enjoy an extended observation of these lovely creatures. Birdhouses can either be hung or attached to a stand and secured into the ground. When creating a birdhouse, it is important to research the recommended sizes for the type of bird desired. These instructions will provide the recommended measurements for a finch house, one of the most commonly used type of birdhouse.
Sand the wood blocks until smooth. Create the birdhouse using the 6-by-6-inch squares as the floor and three of the walls and the 6 1/2-by-6-inch square as the final wall. Attach the pieces with wood glue and set aside for 24 hours to dry.
Sand the spindle and wooden bases to remove any rough edges. Using the 1/2-inch drill bit, drill a hole through the middle of the larger base. Drill a hole 1 inch into the top of the wooden spindle. Screw the wooden base onto the wooden spindle. Drill another hole through the middle of the smaller base and the other end of the spindle. Screw the smaller wooden base to the spindle.
Use the jigsaw to cut a 1 1/2-inch hole into the front of the birdhouse. This hole will be the birdhouse door. Secure the 6 1/2-by-7-inch redwood block as the roof by placing the hinges at one end. The roof will be angled downward to aid in draining water off the birdhouse. Using the 1/4-inch drill bit, drill one hole in each corner of the birdhouse floor. These will serve as interior drainage. Using the 1/2-inch drill bit, drill one hole in each corner of the roof to serve as a source for airflow.
Apply a generous coating of glue to the small base and place the birdhouse on top. Allow to dry for 24 hours before using.
Things You Will Need
- Four 6-by-6-inch redwood square blocks of at least 3/4-inch thickness
- One 6 1/2-by-6-inch redwood square block of at least 3/4-inch thickness
- One 6 1/2-by-7-inch redwood block of at least 3/4-inch thickness
- Wooden spindle
- 12-by-12-inch heavy wooden base
- 6-by-6-inch small wooden base
- Drill with 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch drill bits
- Two 4-inch screws
- Glue gun
- Wood glue
- Two hinges
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