|Project by Daris||posted 08-24-2012 05:02 PM||2693 views||4 times favorited||3 comments|
I saw one of these awhile back and thought what a cool thing to make. I actually bought my dad one for Christmas last year, and decided to make one on my own. I looked at a few different plans to get some ideas, and for the most part I followed a plan that I saw in the book: Bird-Friendly Nest Boxes and Feeders: 12 Easy-To-Build Designs that Attract Birds to Your Yard I made a few changes to the dimensions on mine. Plus I wanted to attach suction cups to the back of the house so that I could attach to a window. The clear plastic is sized at 5×7 so you can find it in most stores that sell picture frames. I had some plastic sheets that I had leftover from a previous project. I was able to cut mine down to size using my tablesaw. I’m really not sure if there is a “best practice” way of cutting plastic sheets, but it worked pretty well for me.
This really was a great little project that can be done in a weekend. If you follow the plan from the book it shows hanging the feeder in a traditional fashion, but I thought putting this on my daughters window might be fun (and educational) for her. Although after completing this one it means I will probably have to make another one for my son’s window. If you make one of these I would love to hear from you. As always checkout my site over at www.woodlogger.com to see more pics and videos of this project.
For the lumber I used Cedar that I purchased from Lowe’s. I was able to do the whole thing using only 1 board. For the back I used a scrap piece of plexiglass that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. The opening is 5”x7” so you can find a pre-cut piece pretty easily at most stores. I used an exterior rated glue with all my joints(except the bottom). To hang the house I attached 4 suction cups to back. My house will hang from a window. I was able to build the entire project for under $25.
- (1) 1” x 8” x 6’ Cedar Board
- (1) 5” x 7” plexiglass - back
- (4) Suction Cups with screws
Milling & Assembly
To start on this project I cut all of my pieces according to the plan. I then cut the sides of the house with a 45° edge for the roof line. Then I cut a 1/8” deep groove 1/4” in from the side.After that I cut the front of the house at a 45° angle to create the roof line.
After cutting the roof lines on the front of the house I then drilled an entry hole. I used a 1-1/4” fostner bit for this.For the back of the house I cut a scrap piece of plexiglass down a 5”x7” size.
When I started the assembly I started by attaching the sides to the bottom of the house using 1-1/4” screws. I didn’t apply any glue so that I could remove it in the future to clean it out.After I attached the sides to the bottom I simply slid the back into the grooves.
For the front of the house I used exterior rated glue. I also tacked the front down using brads.
After everything was assembled I drilled five holes in the bottom of the house. This is for drainage in case any water gets inside. In hind sight I should have drilled the holes before final assembly.
I made this house of cedar so it’ll age just fine outside. I attached suction cups that had screws with them. I bought a kit for that and it attached very securely to my window.
Check out my posting at www.woodlogger.com to see more about this project.
-- Daris, Indianapolis, http://www.woodlogger.com