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Posted on What should my first woodworking birdhouse be?

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#1 posted 10-07-2012 04:59 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks WoodGoddess,

I agree, that you should research the type of birds native to your local. Robbins and Doves like an open sided house where Wrens and others prefer closed sided houses. Some prefer perches and others don’t. Be sure to put a wire hail screen or other material on the inside of the hole to give them something to climb out on. Here’s a link for a couple of Bluebird houses that other birds will use also.

Here’s a link that will help you with hole sizes and other dimensions for different types of birds.

I would recommend that if you have any squirrels nearby and there usually are, that you build a house for them as well.

Most cuts are simple cuts and generally the same degree of angle cut for all angle cuts. So houses can be as simple or complicated as you want to get. In the end the birds don’t care as long as the sizes are right for them. Good projects for anyone who feeds the birds. Hope you find this information useful, and as you can guess this what I’m planning to do myself to get back into the shop before it gets to cold.

Have fun.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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