Birdhouse Bench

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Project by timthetoolman posted 09-27-2009 08:22 PM 5903 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hello, this is my design of a birdhouse bench made for my mother-in-law for her front porch.
It is made of reclaimed lumber from my furniture store i work at, from crates and skids.
1×4’s for the pickets and seat deck, and 2×4’s for the legs and backpost/legs. all made with drywall screws, and a few lag bolts.

i wanted the bench to be easy to be build, so i started with the seat made with a 2×4 frame with the 1×4’s across the top for the seat decking. 4 ft long. the leg posts are on the outside of this seat, that is what made it easy to build, and positioned the back leg posts a little back, to align with back picket 1×4’s and evenly spaced the pickets between posts. made a support block on front of back post to support back of arm rest and screwed front of arm rest right on top of front leg.

The legs and posts are made out of 2×4’s screwed together to make a 4×4 post, as the birdhouse 45 degree angles on top of back posts were easy to make with a 2×4 instead of a 4×4, and there wasn’t any 4×4 posts to be had anyhow.

the birdhouse top roof is 1×6 lumber i had scrap from garage. to overhang post. The birdhouse hole is drilled with a 1” spade bit. and hot glued spanish moss in the hole for birdhouse effect. it has been there for 5 years, and moss has not been replaced, there is a second coat of paint though. Hope you like my design.

-- Tim The Toolman Dayton, Ohio

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#1 posted 09-27-2009 08:44 PM

Very nice bench Tim. The only potential problem with it is that if it occupied by birds it may be a little difficult to keep clean, so I hope your mother-in-law is prepared for that eventuality. Seriousy it has a very cozy look to it, and the birds probably won’t want to be so close to people anyway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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