Purple Martin House

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Project by mel52 posted 04-18-2020 12:45 AM 1348 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have been having quite a few Purple Martins nesting in our yard for the last several years, so decided to build a new house for them to put with our others. Forgot to take pictures when it was in my shop so took them after it was installed. It is around 28 inches tall and each of the four compartments are 6” X 6” square with vent holes in the back. I got the plans off the internet. This was made with construction grade 3/4 inch pine with a coat of primer and then two heavy coats of exterior flat based white latex. The left side comes off for cleaning when needed.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#1 posted 04-18-2020 12:48 AM

It’s not a Purple Martin house. It’s a WHITE Martin house. LOL

Nice work.

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#2 posted 04-18-2020 01:18 AM

Amd there I was thinking “What the hell is a Purple Martin???”
Now I know.
Great job, I bet they will use it well.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 04-18-2020 01:53 AM

Really nice! I always wanted to make one. I have seen purple martins flying around here once in a while. Do you have a link to the plan Mel?
I have used 2 part Automotive Urethane Clear Coat on outdoor painted things like Whirligigs and such and they last much longer.

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#4 posted 04-18-2020 02:09 AM

Good one Madmark2, Hadn’t thought of it that way.

Woodshaver, the paint I used was 15 year house paint, will probably outlast me the way things are going. LOL. I will try and find the plans and let you know.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#5 posted 04-18-2020 04:53 AM

Looks like a really nice Home for them…
Great Project!!!!


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#6 posted 04-18-2020 06:27 AM

Great house. What are you using for a pole?

I love Purple Martins, when we mow, they are right with us. Remind me of those X fighters on Star Wars.

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#7 posted 04-18-2020 01:52 PM

This brings back memories when my step dad built one for their lake house in Wisconsin. They are a cool birds to watch. Wish we had them around here. Nice job Mel.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 04-18-2020 02:37 PM

therealSteveN, the one I built with the barn one, is on a pipe set-up that I made with different sized pipe to slide in the others so it can be raised or lowered. I used three U shaped pipe clamps on the back to hook it to the pole. The ones in the foreground, ( gourd shaped ones ), are on the same set-up that I bought that uses triangular alum. pipe. Mike

-- MEL, Kansas

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#9 posted 04-18-2020 03:04 PM

Real nice 4 story, Mel!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 04-19-2020 05:58 AM

It-s like residental building for birds…so cool idea!

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#11 posted 04-19-2020 12:17 PM

Very Bice build, one of my bucket list items.

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#12 posted 04-19-2020 11:45 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

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#13 posted 04-20-2020 03:04 AM

Thanks everone for the comments, they are greatly appreciated. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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