This step by step project is about owl box plans. If you want to attract an owl to your backyard, you should consider building a basic wooden nest box. After getting the job done, you have to hang the owl house to a tree, 3 feet below a tree limb or on a wooden pole. Apply a few coats of paint over the components to protect them from water damage and to camouflage the boxes. Building an owl box is an excellent idea if you live on a farm and you want to keep rodents under control.
There are several aspects that any person should take into account before starting the woodworking project. First of all, you need to use weather-resistant lumber, such as cedar, pine or redwood. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the components, if you want to lock them together tightly. In addition, add wood glue to the joints and check if the corners are right-angled. Plan everything from the very beginning, if you want to get a professional result.
Projects made from these plans
Owl Box Plans
- A – 12 pieces of 3/4 plywood – 12″ x 28 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 14″ x 28 1/2″ long SIDES
- B – 2 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 14″ x 14″ long FACES
- C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 12 1/2″ x 28 1/2 long BOTTOM
- D – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 16 1/4″ x 32″ long ROOF
Building an owl box
The first step of the garden woodworking project is to build the floor for the owl box. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to make notches to the four corners of the piece of 3/4″ plywood, in order to drain the water properly.
Take accurate measurements and smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper, after making the cuts with a circular saw. Make sure the plywood piece is in a good condition.
The next step of the backyard project is to build the faces for the owl box. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to mark the cut lines on a sheet of 3/4″ plywood. Use a circular saw to make the cuts and smooth the edges with sandpaper.
In order to cut out the entrance, we recommend you to mark the cut lines and to drill starting holes with a drill machinery. Finish the job with a jigsaw.
Building the sides for the owl box is a straight-forward process, but you need to pay attention to several aspects, in order to get a professional result. Drill 1/2″ holes along the top edge of the components, in order to hang it to a tree easily.
Top Tip: In addition, cut the top edges of the component at 8 degrees, by using a circular saw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper before locking them together.
Assembling the frame of the owl box is a straight forward process, but you need to take several aspects into account. Make sure all the edges are flush one with another before inserting the screws.
In addition, drill pilot holes in order to prevent the wood from splitting. Leave no gaps between the components and check if the corners are right-angled. Smooth the exposed edges with sandpaper.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the roof to the structure of the owl box. Cut a piece of plywood at the size shown in the diagram and center it to the structure, making sure the edges overhang the wall for about 1″. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ screws to secure it into place. Leave no gaps between the components.
Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with wood putty and let the compound to dry out for several hours. Smooth the surface with medium-grit sandpaper along the wood grain.
Top Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to enhance the look of the owl box and to protect the components from decay. Check out the rest of the project, to how how to build the deck stair rails.
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