Introduction: Building a Bird House With the Right Tools
A birdhouse should be a safe, comfortable haven for nesting birds and an attractive addition to your garden or backyard.
To build an attractive birdhousewill require the right tools to get the job done well. The right tools will ensure your project runs smoothly, minimize wastage and save time and effort.
Build sensibly Before you start, get all the necessary tools in one place.
Check your plans and design specifications carefully.
Make sure you understand the steps involved.
Your tools will include the following:
Hammer The hammer you choose should be comfortable, with a good grip. It must not be too big or too heavy. Choose a hammer with a nail removing claw at the end. It will help rectify any errors as you work.
Screwdriver For a sturdier hold at the seams, it’s best to use screws instead of nails. A Phillips-head screwdriver works well with most screws.
Saw Provided you’re not using pre-cut wood; a saw is necessary to cut your material to the required dimensions. A good saw will be sharp, easy to use, and cut through the wood without major difficulty.
Bit and Braces Pilot holes are needed to insert screws and provide ventilation and drainage for the birdhouse.
If there are no pre-cut holes in the wood, the entrance hole to the birdhouse will need a paddle or spade bit.
For the more confident woodworker or do-it-yourself enthusiast, a simple hand or power drill can get the job done.
Measure A ruleor measuring tape can help you get the correct dimensions for the birdhouse. Select a rule that is most suited to the measurement instructions in your manual. Make sure you understand all measurements and markings clearly.
Nails and Screws Most birdhouse kits come with nails, but it may be a good idea to have additional nails and screws for better reinforcement.
You can also substitute screws for nails. A strong, well-built birdhouse will last much longer and be adequately house nesting birds.
Safety Glasses Safety glasses will protect your eyes from flying wood splinters and other hazardous materials as you saw, drill and hammer.
Pencil A pencil is useful for marking out your dimensions. When you use markings, they help reduce the risk of errors and save time and material.
Treated Wood If you wanta birdhouse that will weather the seasons well. You may opt for treated lumber. Treated cedar is a good choice since it holds up well in cold, damp conditions and is insect resistant. It will hardly split and warp under pressure. Wood Glue It’s a good practice to apply wood glue to seal the seams and joints of the birdhouse. It will also help reinforce nails and screws for a sturdier structure. Wood glue can also add an extra layer of insulation for both birds and human who will use the birdhouse.
Hinges and Clamps The tops, sides, and front of the birdhouse will need hinges to make it easier to facilitate cleaning and periodic monitoring.
Clamps are useful for holding joints in place while you apply wood glue. They can lend extra control as you work.
Power Tools If you are a seasoned do-it-yourselfer, power tools will help you work faster and more efficiently. Take extra caution around children as you work.
Galvanized Hardware Galvanized nails and screws help secure your structure and prevent against rust, weather and wear and tear.
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