Build a DIY Birdhouse- Part 2

Now we are ready to build our DIY Birdhouse. I have the list of materials and supplies that you will need. So, let's gather up the tools and get to work. In Build a DIY Birdhouse- Part 1, I gave helpful information and ideas on birdhouses, as well as the sizes of the door holes for specific birds.

Supplies and Materials

  • 4 ft. Length  1” x 6” cedar board (Qty. 1)
  • 4d galvanized finish nails
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Drill and bits
  • 1 1/2” spade bit
  • Tape measure
  • Try- Square
  • Paintbrush
  • Exterior wood glue
  • Shoulder hook
  • Sandpaper
  • Exterior latex paint (optional)

Cutting List

KEY  PART                 Size                    # PCS.

wooden DIY birdhouse

Wooden DIY Birdhouse

A        Side                1 x 4 x 5 1/2"              2

B        Roof              1 x 5 ½ x 6 1/2           1

C        Roof              1 x 4 ¾ x 6 1/2           1

D       Front/Bk     1 x 5 ½ x 8 ¾             2

E       Bottom          1 x 4 x 4                         1


1. Cut the birdhouse parts to size following the cutting list.

2. Mark each side of front and back pieces 2 3/4” from the top. Mark the center point at the top. Mark lines from the center point at the top. Mark lines from the center point to each, then cut along them to form the roof peak.

3. On the bottom piece, make a diagonal cut across each corner 1/2” from the end to allow for drainage.

4. Mark a point on the front piece 2” down from the peak, centering the mark from side to side. Use a spade bit to drill an entrance hole about 1 ½” in diameter. *Hole size will vary depending on the type of bird you want to attract.

5. Use a wood screw to make several deep horizontal scratches on the inside of the front piece, below the entrance hole. These grip lines help young birds hold on as they climb up to the entrance hole.

6. Apply wood glue to one edge of the bottom piece so bottoms of two pieces are flush.

7. Drill 1/16 inch pilot holes and attach pieces using 4d galvanized finish nails. Repeat this process for the front and back pieces, aligning edges with the side piece.

8. Set the remaining side piece in place, but don’t glue it. To attach the side to the front and back pieces, drive a 4d nail through the front wall and another through the back wall, each positioned about 5/8” from the top edge. This arrangement allows the piece to pivot.

9. Apply glue to top edges of one side of the front and back pieces. Set the smaller roof piece on the house so its upper edge is aligned with the peak of the house. Apply glue to the top edges on the opposite side of the front and back pieces. Place the larger roof piece in position. Drill pilot holes and drive 4d nails through the roof into the front piece and then the back.

10. Drill a pilot hole in the edge of the front piece on the pivot wall side, placed about 1 inch from the bottom edge of the house. Screw in a shoulder hook, positioning it to hold the side piece closed.

11. Sand the birdhouse smooth, then paint or decorate it as desired.

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