Step 3: Putting It Together

Hammer the panel pins into the sides so they just come through the other side. This makes things a lot easier when you put the box together. Use a PVA based wood glue to give extra strength. Put a thin bead of glue along the edge just before you hammer the nails home.

First, attach one of the sides to the back-piece, and then fit the base. Turn the box over as you're doing this, so you're always hammering into the piece against the workbench. Then put on the front of the box, not forgetting the bead of glue on the edges.
Now more glue, and carefully line up the other side and press down. The protruding nails will keep it aligned. Hammer the pins home. You'll need to put a few more panel pins through the front and back-piece into the base.

Excellent. Thank you very much for your response. I don't have too much truble with crows here, however the squirrels are an absolute nuisance. I do have a section of my backyard fence that has more ivy than other parts that would allow for too much sun. I think I'll give that a go. Great bird box, love the simplicity of it! <br>thanks very much again
Hi <br>I live in NYC and the city is loaded with Robins with red bellies. Love your simple box! Just one question: have you had any trouble with predators with box that is right up against the tree? Or is the box small enough that none have given it a go? <br>Again, great bird box!
I've only been to NYC once - Incredible place, but I wouldn't want to live there as I'm a country boy at heart. For a densely packed city it's amazing how many green areas there are. <br> <br>As I've said in a comment above, in the UK our main predators are the crow family and squirrels but the box is now so well hidden in the ivy that you can hardly see it. <br>Spring hasn't arrived here yet this year but we're hoping for another boxful of birds. <br>I've also made a few based on CheapChuck's design linked above which have had blue-tits in them in previous years.
Looks great...hope ya do not have a lot of raccoons around...they LOVE to raid the eggs out of the nest.
You know, I've NEVER seen a raccoon around - Here in England our main predators are foxes, rats, grey squirrels, magpies and jackdaws. (We need to go to the zoo to see raccoons :-)
god i love foxes... i might go see if i can track some down. any suggestions?
Yay im in england !!
I saw 2 racoons up a tree a few blocks away from where I live about a week ago...<br/>our main predators are grey squirrels, red squirrles, Jays, Magpies and <em>Survivor man</em><br/>
wow. over where i live (california, usa) we have raccoons, crows, and MAYBE foxes. I might go see if i could find a couple of foxes.
Great instructable! I might add a small camera out side of it to just peer in on the little fellas.
I mentioned your instructions in my (german) blog:<br /> http://www.rentfort.de/2010/03/15/einfach-ein-schnes-cacheversteck-basteln#more-558<br />
Thanks for that. My German language abilities are nothing to speak of, but I see the term muggle / muggel has carried over from the English.&nbsp; <br /> I&nbsp;hope you're making that one for the birds too.&nbsp; It's the right time of year for it.<br />
Actually, I built the house as a geocaching (www.geocaching.com) stash. Geocacher refer to people who are not involved in the hobby as &quot;muggle&quot;.<br /> But you're right! It's the right time to build one for the real birds ;)<br />
I found out about geocaching last year as I&nbsp;was browsing Instructables. We've been out and found a couple of the local ones and will probably seek a fair few more this year.&nbsp; It makes a walk with the family much more fun.<br />
Great. Exactly what I need. Only that I'll use it to hide a geocache :D But I think I'll make one extra for the birds. :)
Thanks. In the UK we tend to use both metric and Imperial and I know Instructables has members all over the globe. Personally, I tend to think in Imperial and measure in metric. I put the box up too late for nesting last year, but this year there's a robin showing a definite interest in it.
Also it's great that you added the metric measures. Saves me the recalculations.
Thanks, your plan is very good and easy to follow. I have churned out about 7 this weekend and plan to make about 10-15 more. Once someone sees how cool they are they want one. Great job
If you're making several, make sure some are the type for hole-nesting birds like Cheapchuck's design I link in the first section. Different birds like different type of nest-box.
looks good
Our robin looks like <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.birdfood.co.uk/common_images/image_store/14122006111754Robin%20snow%202.JPG">THIS</a> whereas your one is more like <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.birdsofoklahoma.net/images/AmericanRobin0689.jpg">THIS</a>. Having a quick google, it looks like they like the same type of nesting and eat the same foods.<br/>
Thanks for mentioning that birds eat insects. The English Sparrow was imported to America specifically to eat mosquitoes, which they surely do. I will build on of your houses for my Robins.
Cool! Looks Great!
nice, very detailed instructions! i made one with a small-ish circle opening at the front and a hinged roof (what i got from 'classic' ones in cartoons and stuff lol) but i think this design is probably better. if you do try that style of design in the future, a good idea is to have a hinged roof so that you can clean/check on it when required. (i used a piece of innertube from a bike tyre as a hinge because it's waterproof and flexible.)
Funny you should say that. I was using this to lead up to a hole-fronted type with the features you mention. The different types will attract different types of birds, and the hole size is important. Watch this space . . .
haha awsum. could you include a section about what size hole for what bird, when i made mine i think i either placed it in the wrong area or messed up with the size of the whole because despite seeing plenty in the garden no birds ever nested in mine
You did a great job in documenting how you made this. I'm gonna guess more work went into writing the ible than making the bird house.
You're dead right. The box took a bit over an hour, and the 'ible took about five times that. If it's going to be seen by (hopefully) over a thousand people, I reckon it's worth putting a bit of effort in.

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