Cedar Birdhouse

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Project by AJswoodshop posted 09-09-2012 09:14 PM 1610 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Cedar Birdhouse is a great project. It’s made out of Cedar with a weather proof stain. The cedar on this project really makes the birdhouse look great. Most people use a perch, but I believe that a perch attracts other birds. This birdhouse is for a Wren Bird, my wrens have no trouble getting in without a perch. This Birdhouse is super simple to make, and a great way to show of your woodworking skills. I cut out the hole with a 1 3/4 spade bit. Which is the correct hole size for a Wren. The front board of the birdhouse had a hole in it. So I used a dowel, and cut it of with a flush trim saw.

Hope you enjoyed reading this,

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 09:29 PM

I have to say, this is awesome. What’s the brand of the flush trim saw you used?

-- Why am I wearing a respirator? Because Sawdust is DANGEROUS!

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#2 posted 09-09-2012 09:39 PM

Good looking birdhouse AJ! No perch is a good idea!
Is the birdhouse for your yard?

Your photos are good. If I may, I have a tip for taking better pictures. You may already know this. Make sure the light source is behind you for better looking photos!

Keep up the good work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 09:45 PM

Yes, this is for my yard. No, I didn’t now that I need more light behind me. I try to get the lighting in my shop good for photo’s though. I took these photo’s in the kitchen, sorry if the light isn’t great. Thanks for the tip!

I got my flush trim saw at a yard sale. I don’t what brand saw I used, sorry.

Thanks for the comments guys,

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#4 posted 09-09-2012 09:50 PM

Actually there are variables you can use to attract different birds. Smart on your part to know how to keep out unwanted tenants. Nice job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 09-09-2012 09:54 PM


Great bird house buddy. Actually the bird people tell us not to put perches on the bird houses anymore.

They say it helps snakes and other nest robbers to get into them easier. I did not notice if you have a way to clean out the nest area. You should have one since it needs cleaned out every spring before the birds come back again.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#6 posted 09-09-2012 09:59 PM

These guys are correct. Perches give scavengers a place to sit when they rob the eggs from the nest. I read on-line that you can rub Ivory bar soap under the edge of the eaves and under the floor to discourage wasps from building a nest. Everything on-line is true isn’t it??
I build bird house kits for boys I work with…..birdhouses and many other things.

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#7 posted 09-09-2012 10:17 PM

Nice birdhouse, AJ. Take a look at bird house designs on the web. The perch is not necessary because predators can sit on it. Also if you make the front a double thickness , it makes it safer against predators.

Also, you need not stain the wood, birds like raw wood.

Venting is important too around the top and the bottom for urine drainage. I mad a few birdhouses and absorbed a lot of ideas in the building of them.
A flip up side or top is good to clean them out,too. you can stick a nail in loose that can be removed when you need to open it

I have a Screech Owl house on the board now, but I cannot find a place to put it up high enough.

Although they have special designs for s certain birds, my wive bought this little red bird house and I hung it in a tree for decoration. That is the first time he had bluebirds around and they built a nest in that little craft house. I made blue bird houses and I only get sparrows…go figure!!


Good going, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 09-10-2012 12:13 AM


Thanks for the tips, I do ventilation on most of my birdhouses. But I’ve realized that snakes get into my birdhouses when I ventilate them. I still do ventilation though, it makes it easier to drain.

Thanks for the tips Jim,

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#9 posted 09-10-2012 03:41 AM

I never use perches. I cut a 2×2 piece of hardware cloth & staple that just under the opening, & the small birds can hang on that & makes it easy to feed when the nest full.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#10 posted 09-10-2012 05:42 PM

Thanks for the tips.


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#11 posted 09-10-2012 09:00 PM

I am a bird junkie~~and I know a LOT about birdhouses.

Everyone is correct about the perch. You will notice that most birdhouse perches, are on novelty birdhouses..

One trick you can do, is on the inside, gouge lines out (it doesnt have to be pretty) so that they have something to climb up when it is time for them to fledge. ( I just take my dremel and cut a couple of lines) Or staple a little bit of a square piece of chicken wire to the inside. You do not want to make it so that they cannot get out. Especially if it is a deeper bottom to the hole~

The soap DOES NOT ‘discourage’ bees/wasps~~~It makes it so that they CANNOT stick their cones to it. You can use any type of bar soap. It DOES work. I rub it on the inside roof and on the upper sides of all of my birdhouses.
(I also use that ‘soap trick’ on my kid’s playhouses so that bees/wasps do not nest on their play stuff.

Then there is the stain….I disagree with Jim~~~kind of~~~ Birds do NOT care what color their home is. It can be pink with yellow poka-dots… does NOT matter. BUT, BUT, BUT~~you need to keep in mind that Momma Bird is going to be taking all kinds of different foods to them…and as their beaks develop…they might be curious to try to eat things they shouldn’t.
With that said, you DO need to be careful about how you coat it. If you are going to stain, you should try it with a WATER BASED stain.
If you do PAINT it, you want it to be LATEX paint….that way the lil’ birdies do not get sick if it ends up in their bodies.

Great looking birdhouse!

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#12 posted 09-10-2012 09:23 PM

Thanks for the tips, I love working on birdhouses, and feeders.


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#13 posted 09-13-2012 04:20 AM

Check out the video I made by putting a little camera inside one of my birdhouse’s. This is a Chickadee feeding her babies.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 09-14-2012 04:51 PM

Wow! That’s a cool video! I saw a bluebird on one of my birdhouses yesterday, I just put this birdhouse up yesterday. Hopefully a bird will find a home in one of my birdhouses.


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