Building secret 'drinking' nest box

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Do you want to surprise your friends? This is a nice nest box you want to have near you on the terrace, because it isn't what it looks like. Is it really a nest box..... or is it a secret 'drinking' box? Nice as a give away!

What do you need:

Deal-wood (16mm thick), sawed in the following sizes:
1x 40cm x 13.5cm (rear)
2x 30 cm x 13.5 cm (sides)
1x 25 cm x 13.5 cm (top)
2x 15 cm x 13.5 cm (front)
1x 10.5 cm x 13.5 cm (bottom) (not on the image)

1x 10 x 12 mm (diameter) stick
2x piano hinge (13 cm)

12x 3.5 mm x 35 mm screws
5x 3.0 mm x 20 mm screws

2x shot glasses (bottom 35 mm diameter)
liquor bottles

hole saw (35 mm)
drill (3mm)
drill (min. 5 mm) or a countersink
drill (12mm) 
wood Glue
waterproof marker
pillar drill
tape measure
cordless drill

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Step 2: Create the front top

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In the front top, drill a hole (35mm) with the hole saw.
Position of the hole: 6 cm from the top, 6,75 cm from left or right (the middle)

Beneath that hole, make a pit.
Please remove the drill center from the hole saw. This is important because we don't want to drill a hole. 
Put the hole saw into a pillar drill and saw like 8 mm deep.
Remove the inner with a chisel.
If doesn't matter if you put a shot glass in and it falls out. See step 7 for a solution for that.

diy_bloke6 months ago
uitstekend idee
Henkie8 months ago
For the non Dutch speaking people.
The word 'pimpelmees' on the box means 'Blue Tit' or in Latin Cyanistes caeruleus. It's a bird... But in Dutch the word pimpel(en) is slang for drinking alcoholic bevarages.
So translated it means 'Drinking Tit'.
dsantil718 months ago
So any softwood will be ok to use?
ruudslaats (author)  dsantil718 months ago
You can use any wood. The only thing is, that some wood is better to use outside then others. Or you can paint it.
wobbler8 months ago
I like it, but how do you stop the squirrels nicking your gin? I hate drunk squirrels, partying all night and singing their drunken squirrel songs. And don't get me started on the pigeons!
bowser828 months ago
Better than my nest box :-) Nice & easy project, good work!

@Agulesin: The hole is the bottom of the top shot glass

agulesin8 months ago
What happens if a bird goes in and makes a nest on top of your bottles? then you couldn't disturb it if you wanted a tipple... ;-) or is the hole just a black circle?
andreyeurope8 months ago
Nice idea. But a stranger could drink your "juice".
Wouldn't it be hidden in plain sight?
ruudslaats (author)  andreyeurope8 months ago
Thanks! Keep it in your backyard and no stranger could drink it!
tjesse8 months ago
The is awful! I have always wondered why birds have rehabilitation centers, now I know. Some birds just want to stay clean, buy a nest and raise eggs without the added pressure of accidentally flying into a hidden bottle of booze. Shameful. Nice instructable though.
Quick-tune8 months ago
Cool! - For further secrecy you could site it up a tree, but probably fall out when you've emptied it... Interesting that you use the term 'Deal-wood' as my woodwork teacher at school (40 years ago... erm... cough) used that term (or Deal) for standard softwood as found in the timber yards since then nobody I've discussed it with has heard of it, what you are using looks like Douglas Fir?
ruudslaats (author)  Quick-tune8 months ago
It's because I didn't know the English word for it. It's called 'vurenhout' in dutch. I've guess it's the wood from the "Picea abies".
Ah, Norwegian Spruce, it looks darker in the pics. Good work.
Perfect for the alcoholic on your xmas list
Pretty sure you are Bob's less successful and clearly bitter relative... So drink up buddy!
ruudslaats (author)  Chuck The Builder8 months ago
Hehe, nice to give as a present. Or receive it of course!
great don't have to hide ( things ) behind the
ruudslaats (author)  jimmitchell19438 months ago
Or you should make a lamp with a hidden compartment.
jhawkins148 months ago
This is very clever.
ruudslaats (author)  jhawkins148 months ago
blkhawk8 months ago
Great idea! Hiding in plain sight!
ruudslaats (author)  blkhawk8 months ago
bishopp148 months ago
You have a killer drill press; why not just use a Forstner bit for the flat bottomed hole instead of the hole saw bit and chisel method? Great instructable by the way!
ruudslaats (author)  bishopp148 months ago
Thanks for the tip. I don't have a Forstner bit. But I might be handy!
dacrow8 months ago
What a lovely 'ible. That was fun!
ruudslaats (author)  dacrow8 months ago
You're welcome.
eyewalk8 months ago
je bent een genie!!!!!!!!!!!
ruudslaats (author)  eyewalk8 months ago
Dank je wel!
MoustacheCat8 months ago
Really neat idea!
ruudslaats (author)  MoustacheCat8 months ago

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