Introduction: Just Another Birdhouse

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Im allways looking for new ways to to distress wood.I was going for the old barnwood look.The nails are fake(another way to use those pesky nailheads).This project involves a table saw and a torch,please use common sense.The first pic was without stain.


table saw

brad nailer

drill & 1" 1/4 bit

small propane torch

miter saw (optional)



aprox 3' of wood,my wood was 5" 1/4.any width will work.

paint-red&gray. use cheap waterbased paint

water based polyurathane

stain-I used minwax walnut

Step 1: Get Your Wood

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I made sure the pallet I used was heat treated,this one was pine and very clean.

Step 2: Cut Wood

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Pretty basic bird house,grabbed the plans from the net.

cut list(see pics)

5" 1/2x3" 3/4 bottom

9"x4"1/2 roof

9"x5"1/4 roof

(2) 5"1/2x5"1/4 sides

(2)8"x5"1/4 front & back

Step 3: Cut the Shingles

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Lay out your cuts and center the blade on each line.I set my blade height to 3/16th.

Step 4: Paint

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Paint the house red & the roof gray

Step 5: Sand & Burn

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Now the fun part.After the paint drys,sand untill the grain shows.After that use the torch,you may want to practice on a spare part first.Its a little tricky,you have to keep the torch moving.I did not burn the roof.

Step 6: Put It Toghter

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Pretty basic from here.Drill the hole,I went up 4" from bottom.I used a dark stain to make the wood look aged.The nailheads are fake.The poly brings out the red.

any? hit me up


tazz7859 (author)2016-04-28

I may try this one, but i've been thinking of putting rubber car or door mat, over a thin plywood roof to make it more weather resistant for a long time. But i really like the way you burn to get the old look to the wood, thanks for the idea.

lennybaby1 (author)tazz78592016-04-28

Send me a pic.Spar varnish is another option for weather issues.

SybilB (author)2016-04-28

My mother's house just burned down Saturday night. I just might be able to get some wood the easy way!

lennybaby1 (author)SybilB2016-04-28


VectorMedia (author)2016-04-26

The distressing looks absolutely amazing!!

lennybaby1 (author)VectorMedia2016-04-26

Thanks,I like it also.Going to try it again on another project with different colored paint.

VectorMedia (author)lennybaby12016-04-26

Also, is it possible to do this with bamboo?

lennybaby1 (author)VectorMedia2016-04-27

Dont know,never came across a bamboo pallet.

VectorMedia (author)lennybaby12016-04-26

I think turquoise with that grey or purple with a dark grey/black would look awesome

ClenseYourPallet (author)2016-04-26

Great looking bird house. The distressing looks really cool


AXR AMAR (author)2016-04-26


lennybaby1 (author)AXR AMAR2016-04-26

Thanks,give it a try.

About This Instructable




Bio: I got hooked on pallet wood 2 years ago.Just find it very relaxing to make stuff in my woodshop.
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