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Someone gave me a lot of scrap oak wood pieces, remaining from a parquet floor. All about 7 x 13 cm. It took a while to get an idea what to do with this. I thought of this design, and I made several bird houses and bird feeders. Everybody around me wants one. May be you do too. Here are some instructions

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Step 1: Material

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You will need:

thirteen hardwood(?) boards about 7x13 cm

Two metall wire circles 20 cm diameter (can be bought ready made or made from some 2,5 mm garden wire)

Two wood discs 20 cm diameter

A small piece of wooden stick (for the bird to sit on)

paracord (or iron wire) to connect all parts

some metal wire scraps

A drill to make holes (including one to make a 30 mm hole)

Step 2: Drill

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Drill hole in the corners of all 13 boards. Best use a 6 mm drill. You do not have to be to precise. The threading allows some tolerance without being to obvious.

Step 3: Thread

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Thread all 13 boards to the first circle. Paracord is the most decorative material to do this, but I used wire on other birdhouses as well. Pull the string through the first hole. Go round the Iron wire of the circle and point it back through the same hole. *Then pull the tread through the second board, and the second hole of the first board. Again round trhe iron wire of the circle. Repeat the steps from "*" until all boards are attached. End with a knot to connect both ends of the cord. First photo shows the top side. All other photo's show the other side.

At first I tried to prevent the paracord from fringing with some cellotape, but melting the fringes together with a match proved to be the better way.

Step 4: Shape

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Pull all boards upward in a barrel shape. Take a second piece of paracord and thread the second wire circle to the boards in the same way as the previous step. Ans like the previous step knot the end together.

AARENAARON6 months ago

very cute... congrats on ur Win

shazni8 months ago

Congrats on your win!

MathijsWester8 months ago

touwtje van de Action, staaldraad en hout. die gaat op het scouts programma lijstje tanks.

GEWELDIG! je zult er lol aan beleven net als ik bij de houtgroep van het speciaal voortgezet onderwijs.

Turnpike7a8 months ago

not water tight or air tight enough for most birds in the NE, the design is unique and interesting, just need to seal it up a bit more maybe with some clear non-toxic RTV/Silicon

thank you for adding to the idea.
zledbetter18 months ago

Very unique design, I like it a lot! However I suggest removing the perch, as the birds don't need it, and it's an easy in for predators and sparrows (you don't want either).

Thank you for this comment. You are right, without the perch its safer for the nesting birds, and they have no difficulty whatsoever to enter the birdhouse.
I knew, it but forgot, and added the perch out of tradition. Thanks for reminding: NO PERCH PLEASE!
Beekeeper8 months ago

Very nice and everything that helps birds these days is good as their numbers are declining everywhere due to chemicals in the environment and climate change. Another big help for the birds would be to leave off the perch. A perch allows predator birds a convenient place to stand while they poke their head inside the birdhouse and eat the eggs or the baby birds. Cavity nesting birds can get in and out perfectly easily without a perch, just as they do in old woodpecker holes in trees. But I encourage people to put up as many birdhouses as possible. I have more than 50 on my small farm.

mnmama8 months ago

This is very beautiful, but I would like to suggest layering the panels for the bird house like you did for the bottom feeder picture. Instead of going all the way around, have the top cover the side panels, they cover the next panels that cover the next, down both sides, with both sides coming out on the outside of the bottom panel. It will shed water better, keeping the family inside dryer and warmer.

Looks good. Thank you for the great ideas!

Ruud van Koningsbrugge (author)  mnmama8 months ago
You are completely right. The panels in one direction is not watertight, but I like the rhythm of the panels in one direction só much...

I agree, they look great that way. Maybe in a sheltered place, under a house eve or a carport? Nice work though.

lvhui8 months ago

a little heavy

Ruud van Koningsbrugge (author)  lvhui8 months ago

May be it looks heavy, it weighs less than 800 grams.

It's a very unique design :), thank you for sharing.

jmdushi8 months ago
no sign 'house for sale' in your garden, the birds must be very happy with this beautiful home. I love the design.

This is great, the result is beautiful!