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Basic Birdhouse

Choose a classic birdhouse design.

Two Birdhouse Designs

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Table saw (or circular saw with a straightedge guide)
  • Miter saw (or handsaw with miter box)
  • Pneumatic nailer (or hammer and nail set)
  • Drill/driver with #10 countersink bit and 1 1/2-inch Forstner bit
  • Power sander and various grits of sandpaper
  • Clamps
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil


  • 1 cedar board, 1 x 8 x 8
  • 1 box of (#16 x 1 1/4-inch) galvanized wire brads
  • 1 box of (1 1/4-inch) deck screws
  • Wood glue (Titebond III)
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Project Resources


Attach the front and back

Step 1

Following the layout in Figure 1, measure and mark the hole in the (01) front. Use a drill/driver fitted with a 1 1/2-inch Forstner bit to cut the hole.

Step 2

Following the layout in Figure 2, position the (02) back flush with the bottom edge and sides of the (03) bottom, and attach using glue and brads.

Step 3

Position the (01) front flush with the bottom edge and sides of the (03) bottom, and attach using glue and brads.

Attach the sides and top

Step 1

Following the layout in Figure 3, measure, mark, and cut the (04) sides.

Step 2

Position the (04) sides flush with the bottom edge of the (03) bottom and flush with the edges and bottom of the (02) back and (01) front as shown in Figure 4. Attach using glue and brads.

Step 3

Position the (05) top flush with the back edge of the assembly as shown in Figure 5, and attach using only countersunk screws. You can remove this later to clean the birdhouse.

Apply final touches

Step 1

To create the (06) house cleat, cut a section of the 1 x 8 to 6 1/2 inches in length. Set the blade on a table saw or circular saw to 45 degrees and cut the stock to 2 inches wide. Trim the remaining piece of 1 x 8 with the opposite angled cut to create the (07) post cleat.

Step 2

Position the (06) house cleat on the (02) back as shown in Figure 6, and attach using glue and brads.

Step 3

Attach the (07) post cleat to the desired surface using screws. We attached it to a 4 x 4 fence post at roughly 6 feet above the ground as shown in Figure 7.

Step 4

Place the birdhouse assembly on the (07) post cleat.