Bird House

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Project by Bricofleur posted 05-20-2010 08:27 PM 2612 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since the love season has just began, I got in the shop and built three bird houses, particularly for swallows. Note that I used salvaged boards from a fence that has been knocked down by the wind. The birds are not picky about the look of the materials.

The sides were cut at 70° at the tablesaw from a board similar to the one shown and all parts, except the fronts, were stappled with 1-1/2’’ crown staples.

For the swallows I used a 1-1/4’’ diameter Fortsner bit to drill the entry holes and they should be about 6’’ from the bottom.

Saw cuts were made at the miter saw on the interior side of the fronts so the chicks will be able to climb towards the exit. The miter saw is the ideal tool for these cuts but I believe a biscuit joiner could do the job too.

To facilitate the access to the nests (monitoring and clean-up), the fronts are flipping up. One nail on each side act as hinges. The lower sides are drilled to slip the hook screw through, and the fronts to accept the threads. Doing so, the bird houses will be adequately closed, and easy to access.

Did you say effective?

Find 30 more photos and all the details from this page of my website.



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#1 posted 05-20-2010 09:05 PM

I was just looking for plans on these today. Thanks!

And great use of old fence post. I plan to use old wooden pallets.

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#2 posted 05-20-2010 10:07 PM

A nice project, I like the bird ladder inside.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 05-21-2010 03:12 AM

Very cool way to recycle lumber. I really like all the extras you added to benefit the residents. Nice work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 05-21-2010 06:53 AM

Good call, I guess that you posted these at the right time. I have been meaning to throw a couple of these together and when I saw your post…. I ran out to the shop today and got to work on a couple of ‘em. I don’t really know what kind of bird will take nest in what I’m building, but it’s there for ‘em. I added a cut out to each side to let air through. I’m going to screen them to avoid wasp and bee problems, but I’m not really sure about what this or that bird likes. I guess that I should have spoken with my mother. She’s all about the bird thing.

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#6 posted 05-21-2010 03:51 PM

They sure make the birds happy and bring enjoyment to us watchers.

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#7 posted 05-23-2010 02:50 PM

Nice job.

I found some specifications for a wren house and built one this spring. I cannot figure out why a wren would be attracted to this house and not some other small bird. Nonetheless, a couple of house wrens moved in. They’re great to have around. Their singing is beautiful and they are fun to watch.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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