Many people enjoy watching birds in their backyards. Birds can help make your yard seem more alive and allow you to get a closer view of nature. Songbirds like goldfinches add their natural visual beauty to your landscape, and their chirping and songs are soothing. One way to increase your chances of seeing goldfinches in you backyard is by building them a birdhouse. Accomplish this project in a day with scrap wood you have lying around your house.
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Things you need
- 3/4-inch plywood
- Tape measure
- Safety goggles
- 1/4-inch drill bit
- 1 1/2-inch drill bit
Cut a piece of 3/4-inch plywood to measure 4 inches long by 4 inches wide for the floor of the birdhouse. Drill a 1/4-inch hole in each corner of the plywood to allow for drainage.
Cut a piece of plywood 6 inches high and 4 inches wide for the front of the birdhouse and a piece 12 inches high for the back of the birdhouse. Drill a 1 1/2-inch wide hole on the front piece about 4 inches up from the bottom.
Cut the wood for the sides of the birdhouse. Start by cutting a piece that is 4 inches wide. Measure 6 inches up one side of the wood and mark it, and then measure and mark a spot 8 inches up on the other side. Connect the two marks with a straight line and cut along that line. Make the other side piece using this method.
Cut a piece of wood 6 inches long by 6 inches wide for the roof. The overhang will help keep rain out of the birdhouse.
Nail the side pieces to the back piece by driving in nails every 2 inches. Keep the slanted sides of the side pieces 2 inches below the top of the board, with the higher ends nailed to the back board.
Nail the floor board to the back board and side boards.
Nail the front panel to the side and floor boards. Keep the opening at the top.
Attach a hinge to the top of the roof along the centre of the back edge. Set the roof on top of the walls of the birdhouse and attach the other end of the hinge to the back piece.
Paint the birdhouse if desired.
Connect the birdhouse to a tree or wooden post by driving nails through the bottom board beneath the birdhouse.
Tips and warnings
- Do not put a peg in front of the opening. The birds don't need it, and it provides easy access for predators.
- Check the birdhouse about once a week to chase out any predators who might have taken it over.
- Wear safety goggles when using the saw and drill.
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