Introduction: Make a Birdhouse Using CNC
So the other day , I saw that birdhouse on instructables . and I was looking for its PDF. but none there was. so I decided to draw it again myself , and make it available to be remade by all bird lovers worldwide, or anyone who posses a CNC machine and not quite sure what to make today
I used a shopbot CNC and so I'll cover its usage a bit .
Step 1: List of Material
- CNC machine
- Plywood sheet
- Wood glue
- rubber mallet
- 1" 60° V Flute end mill
Step 2: Design or Download
I used Inkscape to draw the pieces
using lots of guidelines , it would have been much easier with a parametric CAD software like freecad or solidwork
but nevertheless, it got the job done , you can find the SVG and PDF files attached
I did my design based on 11mm thick MDF . so you'll need to change the design for the thickness of your material specially for the T-joints
there is two design files attached :
Small Bird house : its a small minimal design with five pieces only , it's easy to assemble and need less material
Big double bird house : its based on cedar double bird house planter , just ready for CNC or laser cut .. you'll find some assembly instruction in a separate file , and also in a later step
Step 3: Cnc
after editing the design in Inkscape or the vector software of your choice, export it as PDF , then Import the PDF into Vcarve pro ( in case you were using Shopbot CNC.
create Profile toolpaths using the toolpath operations menu
I used a 1/4' upcut endmill for the profile outside toolpaths, and 1/8' for the inside holes for the T-joints
I also used a 1" 60° V Flute for the roof pieces so they can fit together easily
Step 4: Assembly
after you got all your pieces cut , follow the instruction in the attached images
use a rubber mallet to fit them together if it was a tight fit , or wood glue if needed
Step 5: Conclusion
ok, probably you'll have to fix the design to suit the material you are using , but with minimal editing you can have your own fancy bird house in minutes , you'll need some kind of sealant since you are using wood and probably you'll fix the bird house outdoors
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