|Project by Von||posted 03-28-2013 09:27 PM||1165 views||6 times favorited||5 comments|
These designs are something I came up with on my own after gawking at similar designs other people have built. What sets these apart are the methods I use to assemble them, and the size of the materials I guess. I start out with a rough sawn MN native pine board 14’ x 5.25” x 1.75” (jack, Norway, white, and red pines)
Assembly is done with 4” dowels that I cut a 3/4” slot on the ends, and a shim or wedge is slipped into that slot. The dowel is then hammered into 3/8” holes with the wedge end down. Imagein the way you ram a wedge into a hammer or axe handle, but put that end and the wedge down the hole. Now tap it couple of times with a mallet and….. permanent wooden nail. Each dowel hole is offset by a small amount in the same way one would do a draw-board M&T joint. There are 2 holes per board / side; some of them are visible in the photos. I learned this method years ago from a furniture maker who built stuff without glue or nails or screws. I loved the look and I have to say, his technique has rubbed off on me a bit. Neither of these bird houses use screws, glue, paint, or stain of any kind. *except for the roof on the larger box…. heh. obvious abuse of screws on that press-fit block.
The large one is a bluebird box and clean-out is possible by taking the roof off. The roof on this one uses a press-fit block to keep the top on, even in high winds. But it pops off easy with your bare hands when you need to get into it. I left the perch for this one inside the box… as not all blue bird boxes work out for the blue birds themselves if you leave the front porch ( aka, perch stick) open, so to speak. (can invite robber birds that like to make mayhem). Some people don’t have to deal with such unwelcome guests though, so there is a perch included for those occasions.
The smaller diamond one has two pegs you pull out of the roof to get it open. You could hang this one from the roof itself and it won’t come apart, thanks to the 2 pins in the roof. The same ones you would use to open it. Gotta love gravity and physics! This type is meant for finches, sparrows, chickadees & nuthatches.