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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:

materials:
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)
tape
liquor bottles

Tools:
saw
hacksaw
hole saw (35 mm)
drill (3mm)
drill (min. 5 mm) or a countersink
drill (12mm) 
wood Glue
pencil
waterproof marker
pillar drill
chisel
file
screwdriver
piercer
tape measure
cordless drill
dremel

 
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Step 1: Saw the planks in the right sizes

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Saw the deal-wood board into the following pieces:

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)

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_bloke1 year ago
uitstekend idee
Henkie1 year 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'.
dsantil712 years ago
So any softwood will be ok to use?
ruudslaats (author)  dsantil712 years 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.
wobbler2 years 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!
bowser822 years ago
Better than my nest box :-) Nice & easy project, good work!

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

agulesin2 years 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?
Nice idea. But a stranger could drink your "juice".
Wouldn't it be hidden in plain sight?
ruudslaats (author)  andreyeurope2 years ago
Thanks! Keep it in your backyard and no stranger could drink it!
tjesse2 years 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-tune2 years 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-tune2 years 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 Builder2 years ago
Hehe, nice to give as a present. Or receive it of course!
great idea...now don't have to hide ( things ) behind the lamp...lol...
ruudslaats (author)  jimmitchell19432 years ago
Or you should make a lamp with a hidden compartment.
jhawkins142 years ago
This is very clever.
ruudslaats (author)  jhawkins142 years ago
Thanks!
blkhawk2 years ago
Great idea! Hiding in plain sight!
ruudslaats (author)  blkhawk2 years ago
Thanks!
bishopp142 years 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)  bishopp142 years ago
Thanks for the tip. I don't have a Forstner bit. But I might be handy!
dacrow2 years ago
What a lovely 'ible. That was fun!
ruudslaats (author)  dacrow2 years ago
You're welcome.
eyewalk2 years ago
je bent een genie!!!!!!!!!!!
ruudslaats (author)  eyewalk2 years ago
Dank je wel!
Really neat idea!
ruudslaats (author)  MoustacheCat2 years ago
Thanks!