How to Build a Birdhouse

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Building a birdhouse is a great activity to share with children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as plans for birdhouses are available for purchase and the materials are simple and easy to find. Build a birdhouse, making sure to gather scrap wood, nails, screws and marking utensils, with instructions from an experienced carpenter and construction specialist in this free video on carpentry.

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Hello. My name is Mark Blocker. In this segment we're going to cover how to build a birdhouse. Before I get started, let me briefly explain this. This is an excellent opportunity for you to get together with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, things of that nature. It's a perfect opportunity to do something together. A project that you can both, that everybody can get involve with. It's not a gender related situation. It makes a real fun project and it's something you can all enjoy together for many years afterwards. Okay, before you can build a birdhouse there's some things I'm going to briefly cover and it will help you along the way on the project. Before you start the house, you want to determine what type of animal, what type of bird you want to draw in to it. If you build the house too big, you might attract a predator type bird that you really don't want in your yard to begin with. So the house is going to have to be tailored to the bird that you anticipate or desire to pull in to your yard and build a home for. The next thing you will need, I recommend getting a good set of plans. Plans can be purchased individually for a individual birdhouse or can be boughten in a book that will give a lot of, a lot of different plans for different style birdhouses. Some of the things you're going to need to build a birdhouse, you're going to need to build, the material needed to build the birdhouse, I got several pieces of scrap cedar here. I highly recommend cedar. It deteriorates very slowly as you can see by these older birdhouses I have here for demonstration. These are about sixteen to eighteen years old. And they don't have any type of sealant or coating on them, no paint, just natural cedar. A square, tape measure, hammer, basic fasteners of nails, screws. I recommend galvanized. They last better out in the environment. The size hole you will need to drill for the entrance of the birdhouse just depends on what type of bird. Marking utensil so you can draw out your plans on the wood. Maybe a screw gun or a screw driver, hand saw or power saw. And I like to use coat hangers for hanging them out of the trees with. Actual things you need should be included with the plans for your bird house and that's going to depend on the type and size of birdhouse and how intrigue a house you intend to build. One of the key things that you want to remember when building a bird house, is that at lease one portion of the birdhouse is going to have to be removable. As you can see in here, this is used birdhouse and it's filled with debris from the last nesting in here, or the last family that nested in there. This is going to have to be cleaned out on a regular basis in order for there to be enough area in there or room for the birds. In order to do this, you put the bottom piece in with screws that can be removed so you can move out that excess debris that builds up from each year nesting cycle. Okay, that's how you build a birdhouse.


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