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
- 4-inch nails
- Drill bit
- Lumber treatment
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.
- Photo Credit birdhouse image by jeanniner9 from Fotolia.com
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