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Blue Birdhouse

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Two elegant bluebird silhouettes and a plastic pipe fitting are all you need to build this birdhouse that can rest on a table, hang from a wall, or twirl from a string.

 Blue birdhouse

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade
  • Drill and 1-1/8" bit
  • Sanding pad; 120-grit, 180-grit, and 220-grit sandpaper
  • Painter's tape

Materials

  • 1/4" x 2' x 4' birch plywood (#6197)
  • 3" PVC coupling (#23283)
  • Loctite clear latex adhesive (#221311)
  • Valspar plastic spray primer (#282394)
  • Valspar gloss spray paint, Mediterranean
  • Minwax water-based wood stain, Tender Green (#164686)

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Instructions

Step 1

Print a copy of the bluebird silhouette.

Step 2

Cut two 8" x 12" pieces of plywood, stack them with the pattern on top, and hold the pieces and pattern together using painter's tape. Using a jigsaw, band saw, or scroll saw, cut out the two silhouettes. Separate the pieces and sand the edges smooth.

Step 3

Where shown on the pattern, drill a 1-1/8" hole in one of the silhouettes and sand the opening smooth. If you plan to hang the birdhouse from a wall, drill a 1/8" hole in the other silhouette where shown.

Step 4

Brush blue stain on the plywood and let dry. If the wood becomes rough, sand it smooth with 220-grit sandpaper or sanding sponge. Spray the PVC coupling with primer and let dry. Then apply two coats of spray paint.

Step 5

Apply adhesive around one end of the PVC fitting and position it on one silhouette where shown. Glue the other end and attach the second silhouette so it's in the same position as the first one. Place a heavy weight on the top silhouette until the adhesive cures.

Step 6

If you won't be hanging the birdhouse from a wall, display it on a tabletop by simply resting it there. By adding a screw eye centered on the top of the PVC coupling, you can hang it from a string.