This step by step woodworking project is about free birdhouse plans. In this article we describe the main techniques and methods required for this backyard construction, along with a complete list of materials. There are many designs you can choose from, according to the type of birds you are trying to attract to your garden.
When buying the lumber, you should select the beams with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the birdhouse won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
Projects made from these plans
Free Birdhouse Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 9 3/4″ long FACES
- B – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 4″x6″ long SIDES
- C – 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 4″x6″ long BOTTOM
- D – 1 piece of 1×8 lumber -7″x6 long, 1 piece – 7″x6 3/4″ long ROOF
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses
Building a Birdhouse
The first step of the project is to build the faces for the birdhouse. Mark the cut lines on the slats and get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges and drill a holes to make an entrance to the front face.
Build the sides out of 1×6 lumber. Adjust the width of the components to 4″. Clamp the box together, making sure the edges are perfectly aligned. Drill pilot holes through the faces and insert 1 1/4 screws or brad nails. Make sure you add glue to the joints.
Build the roof of the birdhouse out of 1×8 lumber. Adjust the dimensions of the components before locking everything together tightly. Drill pilot holes along the top edge of the right component and insert 1 1/4″ brad nails into the perpendicular slat. Add glue to the joints and make sure you leave no gaps.
One of the last steps of the project is to build the bottom for the birdhouse. Mark the cut lines on the 1×6 slat and get the job done using a circular saw. Smooth the edges and drill several drainage holes. Drill pilot holes through the bottom of the box and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the bottom. Make sure you to don’t fully insert the screws, so that you can remove the bottom and clean the birdhouse.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper. Install two eye screws to the roof of the birdhouse and hand it to a tree, about 6′ above the ground, to protect the birds from predators.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden birdhouse from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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