Birds are beautiful creatures and when you add a birdhouse to your yard, you can see them in action. If you have scrap wood, you can quickly build a birdhouse without a trip to the store. Adding special features creates a unique result that costs much less than a birdhouse from a retail store. Follow the steps below and birds will soon be flocking to your backyard.
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Step 1: Put on the safety goggles and gather two pieces of scrap wood. Create the face and back of the birdhouse by cutting the two pieces of wood together with the chop saw. Cut them to the desired length for your birdhouse.
Step 2: Draw outline of the birdhouse onto the top piece of wood. Get creative with the design such as exaggerating the roofline.
Step 3: Cut along the outline with the band saw, cutting the two pieces of wood together.
Step 4: Measure and cut pieces of wood for the sides of the birdhouse with the chop saw.
Step 5: Take the piece of wood that will be the front of the birdhouse and decide where the entrance hole will be. Use the drill press to drill this hole. Be sure the hole is large enough for a bird to fit into.
Step 6: Use the drill press and a bit that matches the diameter of the dowel to drill a hole in the front of the birdhouse for the perch. Do not drill all the way through the wood.
Step 7: Attach the front and back of the birdhouse to the side walls using the wood glue and nails. Glue along the vertical ends of the side walls and attach the front and back of the birdhouse to these. Insert four nails on both the front and back of the birdhouse. Nail the top and bottom of the point where the walls meet the front and back of the house.
Step 8: Measure and use the chop saw to cut a piece of wood for the bottom of the birdhouse. Glue and nail the bottom of the birdhouse to the sides.
Step 9: Apply wood glue to one end of the dowel and insert this end into the hole drilled for the perch. Insert a nail at the point where the dowel meets the birdhouse.
Step 10: Measure the dimensions for the roof. Cut two pieces of wood to fit and then cut each piece into three sections.
Step 11: Mark the middle of the thickness of each piece. Use the band saw to split each piece in half the long way, reducing the thickness by half. The band saw creates a texture that imitates a real roof.
Step 12: Nail the shingles to the top of the birdhouse, nailing each end of each shingle.
Step 13: Cut one piece of wood to fit along the roof ridgeline and glue and nail it into place.
Step 14: Sand the birdhouse with the sandpaper. Fill the nail holes with the wood putty. Let the putty dry and then sand each putty spot so the filler is even with the wood surface.
Step 15: Paint the birdhouse, using a different color for the roof, perch, and around the hole.