Robin Bird House matching my house

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Project by Nkosika posted 04-09-2012 02:00 PM 3091 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At first I wanted to built a standard birdhouse and had even drawn up plans, but then found out through research that the holes have to be specific sizes for types of bird, height has to be specific and it should blend in with surroundings. So I thought I would just do a cute birdhouse for Robins who want more of a platform.

I wanted to attach it to the side of the house so predators couldn’t get to it. I drew up the plans myself. This was my first project with plywood. This was also the first time I’ve painted a project, everything has been stains up to this point.

Mistakes? I should have painted everything first then constructed (I think). I should have put the sides on first then put the roof on, they would have touched better. I counted on my roof attaching at 20 degrees but it didn’t, had it, I could have glued and nailed it to the sides and then added the under support.

Attachment. Everything to the back plate, butt joints, glued and nail reinforcements, mittred butt joints with glue reinforcements for the box bottom. Bottom plate to back plate butt joints with a routered groover for 3 sides of glue (not sure what that is called) with nail reinforecements.

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#1 posted 04-09-2012 06:10 PM

Nice. Let us know if you get any tenants. I’ve put a few houses up and get the little finch type birds. Robins usually nest in my fruit trees and once even in a cranny on my tractor’s engine! Cheers!

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#2 posted 04-09-2012 07:02 PM

I will and I really want tenants badly! It isn’t fun to build functional and not get used. We put it up high on the back wall of our house near the trees and bushes so I am hoping that works. I am curious to findout if a different type of bird moves in.

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#3 posted 04-10-2012 01:00 PM

I’ve heard of people putting suet cake holders outside and filling them with short pieces of yarn or even dryer lint for the birds to make nests with. I may do that. I have a couple of old poly tarps on my firewood stack and the birds pull little blue strings out of it and add to their nests. I love to watch what goes on outside.

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#4 posted 04-10-2012 01:10 PM

Nice work ! You might even get doves nesting in there .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#5 posted 04-10-2012 06:09 PM

Nice job.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#6 posted 04-10-2012 07:07 PM

Thanks for the compliments. I would love to have doves, I think I have seen some in Portland area too, and I didn’t think of all the different birds that might inhabit this house.

dhazelton, I might give that a shot too! Those are some good ideas, I wouldn’t have thought to add some pre-construction nest materials around to entice future residents. I did have to look up what a suet cake holders was, I just always called them food cages :)

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#7 posted 04-10-2012 08:32 PM

Looks like a fine project well done.


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#8 posted 04-21-2012 02:44 PM

A great house (platform?), built to last and with sidewalls too to keep the eggs from falling out! I’ve seen a few broken ones before. Many happy tenants I hope.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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