How to make a birdhouseDesign by Deryn Davidson and Philip Schulze • Photos by Philip Hawkins
Adapted from Wildflower Magazine Spring 2010 VOL. 26, NO. 3.
Collect your materials: one 23” 1x6, one 18” 1x4, 18 1 1⁄2” wood screws, drill, bit (slightly smaller than the diameter of your screws) and a 1” hole saw.
Cut the 1x6 into three lengths: 10” (for the back), 6 1⁄2” (for the front), 6 1⁄2” (for the roof). Cut a 15 degree angle on one end of both of the 6 1⁄2” sections.
Step 3: Cut the 1x4 into three lengths: three 7/8” (for the bottom), and two pieces that measure 6 1⁄2” in the front and 7 1⁄2” in the back (for the sides).
Pre-drill all of the screw holes to pre- vent the wood from splitting, and drill two holes at the top for mounting. Drill out a 1” hole for the entrance.
Assemble by screwing all of the pieces together. For seasonal cleaning, remove the four front screws to open up the box.
Hang your completed birdhouse in a protected, yet visible spot so you can observe and enjoy the birds that it attracts.