Saturday Morning Workshop: How To Build A Modern Style Birdhouse
Make this minimalist birdhouse on a Saturday morning, and learn some tricks to matching tough angles in the process.
Follow the steps below to create a unique, modern-style birdhouse that will add character (and wildlife) to your backyard!
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- 6′ 1×6 Board
- 2’x4′ 1/4″ Plywood
- 3/8″ Dowel Rod
- 2×2 Board
- 2″ Screws
What It Takes
- Time: 2 Hour
- Cost: $20
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- Tools: Miter Saw, Table Saw, Drill, 2″ Hole Saw, Dado Blades and Clamps
Crosscut 1×6 for Roof and Base
Miter the 1×6 board to 6 in. for the base (Part A) and 12 in. as a rough cut for the roof (Part F).
Miter Angle for Back Piece
Miter a 15-degree angle into the 1×6 board so that the long edge is 11-1/2 in. for the back (Part D).
Rip Back Piece to Size
Rip the angled plywood to 4-1/2 in. on the table saw to finish the back.
Rip a Dado in the 1×6 Board
Rip a 3/8-in. Dado, 1/4 in. from the edge into the rest of the 1×6 Board.
Mark Side Sizes and Crosscut
Use the back piece to mark the lengths for the sides. Miter the board with a saw. Be careful to match the angles with the back board.
Find the Roof Size
Mockup the assembly and mark 1 in. from the sides on the roof to find the total length of the roof. Miter 15-degree angles on the chop saw.
Rip Plywood on Table Saw
Rip the 1/4-in. plywood to 5 in. for the front (Part E). Miter a 15-degree angle into the plywood to the same size as the back piece.
Use Hole Saw to Create Door for the Bird
Use your 2-in. hole saw to cut the entryway for the birdhouse 2-1/2 in. from one of the edges and 7 in. from the base of the plywood.
Start Assembling the Birdhouse
Fasten the sides to the base with pilot holes and 2-in. screws. Attach the back to the assembly using pilot holes and 2-in. screws.
Attach the Perch to the Front
Cut your 3/8-in. dowel to 1-1/2 in. for the perch (Part G), drill a 3/8-in. hole 1 in. from the bottom of the front hole. With wood glue, attach the dowel into the hole. Slide the front piece into the assembly.
Create the Chimney
This is an optional step, but if you want to spice up the birdhouse, then add a chimney. Miter a 15-degree angle into the 2×2 board for the chimney with the long end being 3-1/2 in. If you don’t want to buy a 2×2 for this little addition, then rip a scrap piece of 2×4 on the table saw to 1-1/2 in.
Fasten the Chimney to the Birdhouse
Glue and screw the chimney to the roof with 2-in. screws.
Finish the Birdhouse
Fasten the roof to the assembly with pilot holes and 2-in. screws. Add colorful paint for a finishing touch.
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