DIY: Bird Houses

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    • 1). Measure and cut one 12-inch-long section from the cedar board. Cut five 16-inch long sections from the same cedar board. The width and depth of the bird house is 12 inches, the same width as the face of the cedar board. If you prefer to make a narrower or shallower bird house, purchase boards with a different width or cut them to size.

    • 2). Drill a 1 1/2-inch hole in the center of one of the 16-inch long cedar boards. Different birds are attracted to different-size openings. For example, bluebirds, wrens, swallows and some woodpeckers prefer a 1 1/2-inch doorway. Chickadees prefer doorways that are 1 1/8 inches in diameter. If you are attempting to attract a specific species to your bird house, research the species' preferences and drill the appropriate-size hole.

    • 3). Place a 16-inch-long board on a flat work surface. Do not use the 16-inch board with the drilled doorway. Measure and mark the board on one side edge, 12 inches from the bottom edge. Position a straight edge from the mark up to the opposite top corner. This line indicates the pitch for your bird house roof. Draw a straight line along the straight edge angling down from the corner of the board to the mark.

    • 4). Cut along the angled line to make the pitch for your bird house roof. Repeat Step 3 and this step on another 16-inch cedar board with no doorway. These two boards are the sides of the bird house.

    • 5). Attach the two angled side boards perpendicular to the 16-inch doorway board with decking screws, one on each side. Attach the 12-inch-long cedar board perpendicular to the pitched side boards with decking screws so that the bottoms of the boards are flush. These connected boards are the four walls for the bird house.

    • 6). Attach the base of the walls to a 16-inch-long board with decking screws. Position the 12-inch back wall flush with the edge of the 16-inch board. Four inches of the 16-inch bottom board will extend out from the front wall of the bird house, giving the birds a front porch and a place to perch.

    • 7). Attach the remaining 16-inch-long board to the walls to create the roof. The back edge of the roof should be flush with the back wall. Notice that the roof is pitched at an angle so that water can drain away. The porch also has a 4-inch cover.

    • 8). Drill a few 1/8-inch diameter air holes along the top edge of each side wall for ventilation.

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