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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.

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Follow the steps below to create a unique, modern-style birdhouse that will add character (and wildlife) to your backyard!

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Materials List

  • 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

Cutting List

Modern Birdhouse Cutting List

Crosscut 1×6 for Roof and Base

Miter Boards

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 Angle

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 Back Piece to Size on Table Saw

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 Dado on Table Saw

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

Measure and Cut Side Pieces

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

Mark 1" From Sides for Roof

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 Plywood

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

Make a Door with a Hole Saw

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 and Back

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

Attach the Perch

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

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

Attach the Chimney

Glue and screw the chimney to the roof with 2-in. screws.

Finish the Birdhouse

Slide in the front and Attach the Roof

Fasten the roof to the assembly with pilot holes and 2-in. screws. Add colorful paint for a finishing touch.

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