Birdhouses from pallets - and giving a helping hand.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 11-30-2019 05:31 PM 574 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Birdhouses from pallets
and giving a helping hand.

This is a classic, birdhouses, a project that always make me happy to make.
It’s a simple easy beginner project, but also a rewarding project, where you can park your brain for a few hours and just enjoy working wood and imagine the life, that will come in these little houses.

The reason these bird houses came to life, was the fact that someone had left a pallet in front of an antique shop situated in the house I live, the owner is really old and living in the shop, so I felt sorry for him as he can hardly walk and had no chance to remove it. I decided to solve his problem.

Well let’s get started.

Back where I live, I removed the pallet from the old mans shop window front and brought it to the passage way of the house, to not disturb him with noise. Here it was time to put my new accu saw to work and yes I have to say I love that tool by now, a really fine investment.
(I told him nothing, I kind of like these little secret good things, that make people smile, not knowing why).

When I came to my workshop street, I found that two pallets was left in front of the window of the local tattoo artist, so these were also brought into the shop and brought into the project.
Here the pallets are cut to board pieces in my workshop.

The rest are going to keep me warm a few days. ;-)

Boards and firewood, what’s not to like. Smiles.

The narrow boards were jointed and then glued into wider pieces.

Just cut on both sides on the table saw and then outdoor glue.

The build can begin.
Sides are cut to app 30°, angle is not soo important as long as it’s the same on all pieces.

I found out, there were quite a lot of wood and decided, that it will all become bird houses, so it was just a matter of keep on cutting, until the end. :-D

Front and back gets same 30° cut, for the roof.

Roof piece cut to length.

If you need to reset the saw, just use the last cut to set the saw.

Base of the birdhouse.

The pieces are put on top of each other to mark the size, easy as nothing.
I actually made them a few mm too small, so water can leave the houses and there will be a wee ventilation.

Looks like a birdhouse to me. Smiles.

To speed up the process, I brat nailed the houses together first.

On the table top to the left, you can see a list, I downloaded a list of good houses sizes for different birds and tried to make some that fitted for garden birds.

Made two types with two sided roofs, so they were mitered.

- and glued with expanding glue.

A lot of screws later, we have three pallets converted into birdhouses.
(Well we still need a few holes…).

Here a open top type.
All fronts were made so they can open, by unscrewing one screw, like this I can clean them every year in the winter.

Then time for making the entrances, I use 28 and 32mm drill bits they will fit the small garden birds.

Holes for hanging on the back.

Eleven birdhouses, I look forward to bring to my new allotment, so the birds will have homes and I will have the pleasure of watching them as they take care of their little once.

I’ll make a follow up, once they are installed in the spring.

Hope it can be to some inspiration or even better homes for little birds.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 11-30-2019 06:49 PM

Wonderful Mads.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 11-30-2019 09:43 PM

Those are really great designs! Glad you didn’t put perches on them. Too many predators use the perches to raid the nests,

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 11-30-2019 10:49 PM

Now I see how you got so many bird houses out of the wood. You had extra pallets. I was going to suggest some dowels for perches, but lew makes a good point about predators. Are you putting them all in you allotment? That will be bird heaven.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 12-01-2019 02:38 AM

A good use for some pallets. Well done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 12-01-2019 06:38 AM

Nice work.
I read an article yesterday telling woodworkers to make sure to not use pallet wood that has been treated for making birdhouses. Never thought of that… Always something to be careful of.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 12-02-2019 06:52 PM

LOL ….. What would you live so closely …..

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#7 posted 12-03-2019 11:01 AM

Hi there,
madts, big smile than you.
Lew, thank you dear Lew. I have had a stone marten living on my attic there, so I will be extra careful (hope it’s gone by now, I put some smell stuff, they should hate up there).
I also learned that the sticks are a no go, that we should keep the wood rough, both inside and outside, this will be plenty for the birds to hang on to.
Brit, Yes they will all go on mym2 allotment, so I hope it will be a little bird heaven, now I just have to find ways and places to hang them all. :-O Yeps you got the pallets and not pallet right. ;-) Read what I wrote for Lew.
Dave, thanks buddy, yes it’s better to have birds in the garden, than pallets… lol.
Gary, I think most pallets would be fine for bird houses, as long as they are fairly clean. But yes if we get them from a chemical company or a nuclear powerplant, we should worried I guess. ;-D These pallets were fine as new, so I don’t think that was a problem. I will guess, the paint or wood treatment we give the houses are actually more damaging to the birds and mother earth… I usually only treat the houses on the outside, for that same reason.
Sasha, big laugh. I live in apartment building, so I kind of do – but I would love to live on the country side. :-D They are just standing on the table, so not how they will be mounted. But I am thinking of making a birdhouse stick where some of them can be mounted on, so it will be a kind of family housing… ;-) The garden is only 400m2 so I will not have trees enough for all these boxes.
Thank you for the comments, thoughts and care.
Big smile and the best of my thoughts,,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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