Step 1: Material and Tools Required
- six books that are roughly the same size (for this project I will use Golden Books)
- a small amount of scrap lumber
- hot glue (or another suitable adhesive)
- white glue (or another similar adhesive)
- a hole saw
- 1/4" drill bit
- drill press or electric hand drill
- a saw (I use a band saw, but a hand saw, jig saw, or sabre saw will do)
- ruler for measuring
Step 2: Make the Bottom First
Begin by trimming the book that will be used for the bottom of the birdhouse to 6 1/4" wide and 6 5/8" tall. Since you will use one of the books as a roof, it is necessary to trim the overall size of the birdhouse so that the roof will have an overhang.
Step 3: Next, Make the Sides
Remember, you will need two of these.
Step 4: Make the Front and Back
Trim the two corners beginning at the 6" mark (measuring from the bottom) and ending in the center of the top of the book.
Trim two books, then use the hole cutter to make a large hole in the book you want to be on the front, and a 1/4" hole about an inch below the large hole.
Remember, only make these holes in the book to be used for the front.
I seal book edges by applying white glue with a brush. Apply it liberally, then stack the books aside to dry with a small amount of weight on top of the stack. When dry, this will keep the each book sealed shut.
Step 6: Glue the Sides to the Bottom
Next, I like to use a piece of scrap lumber glued in place to reinforce the joint between these two books. Then, I run a line of hot glue along the seam.
After the left side is completed, do the same for the right side.
Step 7: Glue the Front and Back in Place
After this glue has set, then add glue to all the seams. I prefer hot glue for this, but you may use whatever works for you.
Once the front has been glued in place, I then add another small piece of wood at the bottom for reinforcment.
Once the front has been glued in place, glue the back using the same process.
Step 8: Glue the Roof in Place
Once these blocks are in place, apply glue along all the top edges and the tops of the blocks, then quickly align the roof. Let all the glue set before you procede to the next step.
Step 9: Gussie It Up a Bit!
I also took a couple of the scraps trimmed from the front book and used them as some decorative trim (see the 3rd photo).
Be sure to glue a dowell (wood pencil also works) in the 1/4 inch hole for a perch.