Building Plans for a Large Bird House


Building a larger birdhouse can be a good project for any gardener, birdwatcher or hobbyist. Whether the birdhouse is designed as a functional home for local bird species or a show piece, there are simple plans for making a big wooden birdhouse that will look good. Putting a birdhouse together requires only basic carpentry skills and tools, which makes it a good project for younger builders.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-inch-thick lumber, 18-by-24 inches, 4 sheets
  • 2-inch-thick lumber, 24-by-24 inches, 2 sheets
  • Hammer
  • 4-inch nails
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Lumber treatment
  • Paintbrush
  • Align two of the 18-inch sides of the 18-by-24-inch pieces of lumber so they form a right angled L-shape. Place the 2-inch edge of one board along the face of the other so the edges are flush.

  • Attach the boards with 4-inch nails. Hammer in one nail every 3 inches along the seam of the boards.

  • Repeat Steps 1 and 2 with the other two 18-by-24-inch pieces of lumber. You should be left with two L-shaped sections.

  • Place the boards so the remaining open 18-inch sides are aligned. This should form a box with an open bottom and top. Make sure the edges are flush. Attach the seams along both sides with 4-inch nails. Hammer in one nail every 3 inches.

  • Drill a hole in the center of one of the 18-by-24-inch boards. Begin with a small drill bit and gradually increase the size until the hole is large enough to allow birds through it. The hole should be 2 to 3 inches in diameter.

  • Place one of the 24-by-24-inch boards on top of one open portion of the box. Attach it with nails. Hammer in one nail every 4 inches along all four sides to ensure that the top of the birdhouse stays in place.

  • Turn the birdhouse over and repeat Step 7 with the remaining piece of lumber to complete the birdhouse.

  • Use a non-toxic and animal-safe lumber treatment to coat the exterior portion of the birdhouse. Use a paintbrush or follow manufacturer instructions when covering the birdhouse. This will keep the birdhouse in good condition longer.

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