This is an easy to make, good looking bird house you can hang up anywhere outside your house. It is cheap to make, and looks good.
Step 1: Materials
Before building your bird house you are going to get all your materials.
You will need to get
1. 1/2 or 3/4 inch thick wood. (whatever kind you like)
2. Wood Glue
4. Your tools. You will need a ruler, pencil, sander, a Miter Saw, and a drill press with a 1 1/2 Inch drill bit.
Step 2: Measuring and Cutting
First thing you need to do it make the dimensions for your bird house. Using the Miter saw I cut out the walls and the floor of the bird house. I made them 7 inches long and 5 inches high.
Then after that you can cut out the front and back of the bird house. Your front piece is going to have to be 11 inches high and 6 inches wide. It will be glued flat to the front and I used 1/2 Inch walnut for the walls, so each wall adds an extra 1/2 Inch to the 5 Inch bottom.
To make the angles on the front and back, measure up 7 inches and draw a line, then go from the top of that line on the corned and measure a 45 degree angle and cut it off on the miter saw. Do this to each side on the front and back pieces and you will have a nice point for the roof.
Then using your wood glue, glue the two side walls and the back wall to the floor piece and line up all the edges. Make sure everything lines up nicely and clamp it all together to dry. The wood glue will set in about 30 minutes so make sure you made no mistakes and that everything is lines up and flush. You will want to let those pieces sit and dry over night because the wood glue will take 24 hours to completely dry.
Step 3: Drilling
Take the piece of wood you were going to use for the front and find the center of it. To find the center, using a ruler measure your piece, which should be 7 Inches and put a dot in the middle of it, which would be 3 1/2 inches. Then do the same thing from the top which would be 5 1/2 inches and where the two points line up is the center of the bird house.
Using your drill press and a 1 1/2 inch drill bit, drill a hole in the center of the wood. once you have drilled your hole, you can glue the front piece to the walls and let that dry.
Step 4: Roof
To make the roof you need to cut one piece of wood 8" x 8" and the other one 8" x 7 1/2". The pieces will be glued to the top of the house, and be touching at the top so there is not gap in between them. They will also be hanging over the walls.
When gluing the roof on, make sure the front and backs are all flush so there are no gaps in the roof. The smaller piece of wood will be glued to the side of the bigger one, but they will both over hang equally on each side. Let the roof set and dry and then you bird house is all done.
Step 5: Hang It Up
Once done with your bird house you can hang it up. You can add a wooden dowel to the front underneath the entrance for the common look.
You can nail it into the side of a tree or just place it securely between the branches. You can attach hooks and chains to the bird house and have it hanging if you want, or place it on your deck in a barn.
Just make sure it is in a safe place where it will not be knocked down, and a place most animals could not reach it to destroy it