Screech Owl Box

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Project by Joe posted 04-01-2013 11:36 PM 1707 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have recently moved and found that our back lawn has been quite overridden with voles. To try to eliminate some of the problem, I built this Screech Owl box in hopes that a tenant might move in for a free vole buffet.

Simple design that you can find almost anywhere online. I made some modifications to this plan. Made out of 1 piece of 1×10x8 rough pine, so the whole thing only cost a couple of bucks. The sides are glued and screwed, but the top is only screwed down in case I need to access it. The bottom is hinged with two 5/16” dowels to make emptying a nest easy…or kick out a squirrel who might move in. It is secured with one screw.

I cut the “hinge” side of the bottom on a 45 so it can open without binding, which you can kinda see in picture 4.

I glued and screwed the extension on the hole with some leftover pieces to try to deter any raccoons who might come by to visit any owlets.

A simple project that you can finish in a couple of hours, and no need to sand it because they appreciate the inside a bit rough. My kind of project!!

Considerations if you plan on building one? I’ve read that I should have ran a few shallow kerfs on the inside of the box to make climbing in and out easier for owlets. Would try it next time.

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#1 posted 04-01-2013 11:50 PM

kinda looks like the wood duck boxes I am building. if I were an owl, I’d move in -free meals and a box to call me own? sure!

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 04:24 PM

I wanna attract an owl. Great home~

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 03:57 PM

It looks good and well made. With food, I’m sure that it’ll be a great home for the owls.

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 03:59 PM

It looks like a good solid home for and owl. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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