Step 2: Make the House

There's not much to making the house -- it's just a box. Simply cut-out the front, back, and side panels and glue them together.

Ok, it's a little more complex than that. If we had used thicker wood, it is hard to beat biscuit joining the corners, but with the thin plywood I had around, there would not have been enough material to hold the biscuits. That's where the pieces across the top come in. These provide enough material to screw into without interfering with where the birds will want to be. Thus, the assembly process was to spread glue on the edges, clamp it together, and then glue and screw the cross pieces.
<p>great job a literal &quot;bird house&quot;</p>
I LOVE this - the style is perfect and my son used to watch that show years back!
I think this is adorable..I am 13 and till love that show! It would have been cool if you went all out and made the whole house out of letters just like in word world. I think it was a genius idea. Too bad you got all these people being bums.
Please tell your daughter that this is simply a beautiful thing! I am seriously impressed! VERY NICE indeed! <br> <br>Oh, yea, you did O.K., too...
Wow! It is big, I just think this is the most clever thing. Great job!
Very nice, but think if the birdhouse is in full sun what the temperature inside might be. A light colour for the outside is preferable. Great project!
The roof is white. However, you've given me an opportunity to brag a little.<br> <br> It turns out that last year my daughter's award-winning 4th-grade science project measured temperature gains from having different colored houses. Her project data (see the graph) shows that NIR/IR reflectance matters most. An IR-absorbing black &quot;insulating&quot; foam actually gained the most heat, colors varied little (dyes pass NIR/IR), and aluminum foil gained virtually no heat.<br> <br> We originally tried gluing aluminum foil on the roof of the bird house, but it looked cheesy and we doubted that paint would stick well enough to it....<br> <br>
A-well-a, everybody's heard about the bird
WOW!! <br><br>you went to a lot of work for a &quot;simple&quot; birdhouse...<br><br>But it looks SOOOOOooooooooo CUTE!!!
about adding a camera....<br><br>You said there are 4 sections/rooms to this birdhouse??<br>And you want to add a camera?<br><br>can it be added from above?? is that even possible??<br><br>Just a thought Sir.
is it just me, or is there a bunch of party poopers in here today??<br><br>It sure seems like there is....
i am not sure about saying bird on it because you know its a bird house soooooooo what is the point
I think that may even be part of why they did this. plus it doesn't really look like there is an opening for the bird this way... making it look like a novelty item. But then in reality it DOES have openings so birds CAN live in it. See? I couldn't believe how creative this was, I don't know why you have to be such a bummer. Then again maybe they weren't that smart and I just came up with all of that by myself...
Pssssssst. *whispers*<br><br>Tell him to stuff a sock in it. ;-)
Because it is pretty.
The way I see it, it's her bird house....<br>she made it, she painted it, she owns it.....<br>Therefor she can do anything she wants with it.<br><br>She wanted to put &quot;BIRD&quot; on it with every letter being a different color....<br>that is her right....regardless of how the rest of us feel about it.<br><br>BTW, I like it &amp; think it's pretty too! :-)
Wondered the same as Comanchegyrl, namely, do four bird families just divide up the space themselves, or would it make sense to install dividers inside the birdhouse?
Good question. It didn't have any occupants while on display at The Arboretum, but it was only there a week (during which it survived a storm that apparently knocked-down the post it was mounted on). It is currently in our basement waiting for us to figure-out how a removable &quot;+&quot; partition would work with the addition of an interior webcam... more on that later if it works well. ;-)
Excellent use of graphics. Cute! (Daughter and &quot;bird&quot; house.)
you state in your instructions that this is intended for 4 bird families. could you include the instructions for the inside flooring and partition please ??
This is very attractive. I like the clean modern look. I hope the local cats can't read.
Incredibly well done!
Unless that is outdoor grade plywood it's not going to last very long. Any amount of water that gets between the layers of ply is going to start breaking it down. Better to use cedar, white oak, cyprus... Good plan though!
oh, and for the question about &quot;what's the point&quot;? That's why it's so amusing. It's like having a baby wear a onesie that says BABY on it. I've also seen doors with a big DOOR on them.
love it! makes me want to think about having a birdhouse
Hi Professor, <br><br>So what's your take on a British invention call transputor, projects like Raspberry Pi and OLPC?
Now that is a great looking birdhouse! Without dividers, will 4 families actually build nests in this? Do you have birds nesting in it now?
When I was younger, whenever someone made or bought a wooden birdhouse, invariably, the squirrels would enlarge the hole and take over, move in and eventually destroy the house.<br> I always thought a copper or brass bushing lining the hole would prevent them from getting a &quot;tooth hold&quot; and spare the house the squirrel fate thus allowing the use it was intended for.<br> Does anybody have any thoughts on this?
Metal reinforcement of the hole will help. But if the squirrel wants in, it'll find a way. It's effective to position the birdhouse in an area where the squirrel cannot access it.
A superb 'ible and a great project.
That Diagram is awesome! Great job with this instructable, definitely first page quality.
Now, if only the critters would learn to read, they'd move in a lot more quickly!
Even so, the squirrels would still disobey.

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