Step 1: Materials Needed... Tools Needed...
Some good 1x6 stock, at least 5 feet per house. If using Cedar Pickets, try to find some that are not badly warped and have a uniform thickness. Remember to look for wood that you can recycle!
Indoor/Outdoor wood glue, such as Elmers, nothing fancy is needed.
1&1/4 inch brads, if you plan to use a nail gun, similar sized 16-18 gauge will work very nicely.
Perch is a 1/4 inch twig or other interesting device, such as a Golf Tee, rusty screw, basically anything a small bird would be comfortable perching on.
As basic as a miter box and saw, all the way to a chop saw and table saw if you have them.
Hammer and drill for pre-drilling holes or an air powered nailer (16-18 gauge is all you need).
Eventually, you will need a hole saw, probably 1&1/4 inch, but go to 1&3/8 inch if you have Bluebirds.
Step 2: Some Plans... (I use the term loosley)
Step 3: Getting Started & Saw Work...
Saw Work: Cut four 9" pieces for the gable ends and roof pieces. Cut two 6" side pieces. Save the scrap for the floor. If you started with a 6' picket, you will have enough scrap to build a tool box - I will be working on the toolbox Instructable soon.
Optional saw work, trim one edge of one roof piece the width of the material. This will result in a symmetrical roof, but the birds won't notice!
PICTURES ARE INSTRUCTIONS, SO VIEW ALL OF THEM.
Step 4: Optional Saw Work - Trimming the Roof...
Step 5: Assembly - The Fun Part!
Step 6: A Front Door and a Perch...
A twig, slightly larger than the hole works great. Strip the bark off with a knife and glue in place. Usually, the perch is placed 2 inches below the centerline of the entrance.
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Step 7: A Floor (clean out hatch) and a Wire for Hanging...
When installing the floor, it is easiest to place the house on top of the floor and nail in from the sides. Remember to leave a gap for the action of the hinge, which consists of a nail driven in each side towards one end of the floor.
The house will need some type of hardware to hang it from. An old wire hanger, a scrap of wire, a small chain, etc... I have found that installing the hanger on alternate sides of the roof results in a stable house. (You'll understand when you see the pictures.)
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Step 8: Final Thoughts...
Try to locate the birdhouse in a shaded area that is free from hazards. About eye level is high enough to keep cats away, but not so high to cause a hazard to chicks, who might make a crash landing during their first flight. Trees are a good place to hang a house, but keep an eye out for squirrels. I hope you enjoyed this Instructable. I will try to keep an eye on comments, in case you have a question. Check out my birdhouse maintenance Instructable Enjoy!