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A Beginner’s Woodworking Project

Want to get started in woodworking and also spruce up your yard? Then consider building a birdhouse and attract some colorful birds to your area. Let’s get started with a basic list of tools that you will need.

hammer

saw

1/4″ drill and bit

wood glue

finish nails

1/4″ dowel

paint

You can make a single birdhouse or a condominium for many families, but let’s stick to the single home to get started. You’ll need to cut out for sides, the bottom and a roof section. For convenience, make 2 of the sides a 4 inch by 4-1/2 inch rectangle and the bottom and two roof pieces a 6 inch by 6 inch square. The other 2 sides must be 5 sides to accommodate the roof sections. This will look like a pentagon of sorts with unequal sides. The bottom will be 6 inches, the 2 sides 4 inches and the peak 3 inches up from the side. Start this with a 4 inch by 9 inch rectangle, measure up the long side 6 inches, make a mark across the wood, then on the short side, mark the middle of the wood and draw a line from their on a diagonal to the 6 inch mark that you just made. You will then need to cut off these triangles to form your front and back.

Using your best power sabre saw, you will need to make a one inch hole in the front of the birdhouse and also drill a 1/4 hole below it for the perch. The perch should be a 1/4 inch dowel by 2 inches long. Center the hole for the birdhouse opening at the 3 inch mark (from the bottom) and 2 inches from either side. Make your perch hole about 1/2 inch below this. Now, glue your 4 sides around the bottom section and use some small nails to hold it while the glue dries. You can also glue and nail your roof the same way. If you want to get fancy, plane down the roof peak at an angle so the two boards meet up perfectly. Be sure to glue in the dowel for the perch.

After it dries, paint it or leave it natural for your favorite feathered friends. You’ve just completed a bird house, your first woodworking project! Good luck!