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backyarder1

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04-15-2010 05:38 PM

Hi gang. I am looking for a very basic cutting diagram for a simple bird house with a peak roof. Does anyone have plans or do you know where I can find some?

Thanks

-- http://www.naturesdetails.net


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#1 posted 04-15-2010 05:49 PM

just google free birdhouse plans

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 04-15-2010 05:52 PM

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#3 posted 04-15-2010 05:56 PM

Well, obviously I started by googling free birdhouse plans. I got 863,000 hits. I was trying to limit my results.

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#4 posted 04-15-2010 05:59 PM

Thanks lumberdustjohn

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#5 posted 04-15-2010 05:59 PM

Enjoy your build.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#6 posted 04-15-2010 06:10 PM

I don’t have a diagram, but I just built several that were very easy.

Using a 1×6, which is actually 5.5 inches wide, measure up 5.5 inches from the bottom and cut a 45 degree angle from both sides, so the cuts meet in the center of the board, 8.25 inches from the end. You’ll now have the front/back of the house. Repeat to get the other end. (You can use the “scrap” triangles left over to glue up additional houses it you want to.)

For a small house, cut two pieces for the sides that are 4×5.25 inches (leaves a small gap at the top for ventilations.) For a larger house, cut two sides that are 7×5.25 inches. The smaller sides fit inside the front/back and are glued/nailed in place. The larger sides are glued/nailed outside the front/back.

Drill a hole between 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter in the front for the entrance. Contrary to popular opinion, birds do not need or want a perch outside the house. The hole is sufficient.

Glue/nail everything together.

Cut a bottom that fits inside the house. Should be 4×4 for the small house or 5.5×5.5 for the larger one. Glue/nail in place. I like to drill small holes (1/4 inch) in the corners of the floor to allow drainage.

The roof consists of two pieces, one 4.75×7, the other 5.5×7. These are glued/nailed together to form a ninety degree angle that is the same length on both sides, with the long ends joined. It forms the roof allowing a short overhang on the front and each side of the house. The back should be flush with the back of the house. You can nail/glue this in place.

There should be a way to clean out the house once a year. You can accomplish it by screwing the floor in place for removal or making the roof removable, which is my preferred method. I use small scraps, glued to the roof so that it drops in place and is held by it’s own weight and friction. The clean the house I simply lift the roof off.

Hope this helps, feel free to ask questions. I can probably post/send some pictures tonight if desired.

-- Brad Hancock

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#7 posted 04-15-2010 06:17 PM

I have a few plans if you want to try one !

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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#8 posted 04-15-2010 06:18 PM

From Amazon.com.

or

you can buy it from Popular Woodworking.

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#9 posted 04-15-2010 06:26 PM

different birds need different houses.

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#10 posted 04-15-2010 06:48 PM

Thanks everyone. This one works for what I need:
http://store.choosefreedom.com/freeplan.html

-- http://www.naturesdetails.net

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