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Easy One-Board Bird House Plans

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Want to see how a small shopping list can yield big results? Make this DIY birdhouse from a single pine board!

One-board birdhouse

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Miter saw (or handsaw with miter box)
  • Painter's tape
  • Wood glue
  • Power sander and various grits of sandpaper
  • Drill with bits
  • Clamps

Materials

  • 1-in x 6-in x 6-ft pine board, #1157
  • 1/2-in poplar round dowel, #19382
  • Valspar ultra premium exterior paint, Front Door Red, #ar125

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Project Resources

Instructions

Step 1

Clamp sides to back panel

Cut the board according to the Project & Cutting Diagram. From a 1/2-inch dowel, cut a perch 2 inches long. Sand all the parts smooth with 150-grit sandpaper. On the front face, drill the 1-1/2-inch opening and a 1/2-inch hole for the perch. Sand the surfaces smooth and glue the perch in place. Glue and clamp the two sides to the back panel.

Step 2

Clamp bottom and front panels

When the back and side joints are dry, glue and clamp the bottom and front.

Step 3

Cut 3/4 inch off the length of one of the top panels -- this will make the overhang even on both sides. Glue the roof panels together. Use painter's tape instead of a clamp.

Step 4

Place roof on birdhouse

Apply glue to the top edges of the front and back and set the roof assembly in place.

Step 5

Secure roof in place with painters tape

Use painter's tape to secure the top in place while the glue dries.

Step 6

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When the glue is dry, remove the tape and paint or stain the house.