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I had some left over cedar form a job so here's what  I did with it a double bird house and planter.Easy to build I used a compound miter saw and a table saw but a hand saw on the cedar would cut fine.
Hope you like.

Step 1: Step 1: Materials, Tools and Equipment Used

4 feet of 1x8 cedar
8 feet  of 1x6 cedar
finish nails
gorilla glue
1 9/16 drill bit
3/8 drill bit

Step 2:

i used 1x8 ceader to make the faces of the houses as shown in drawing the sides came out to be 5 1/4" x 26" long with the bottoms cut at a 10 degree angle.

Step 3:

I cut all 4 faces the same then cut the backs 3/4 inches away on the sides and bottom .Does that make since? see photos

Step 4:

i put a little gorilla glue where the sides meet the faces and then nailed them together. I then installed the backs 5 1/4 inches in and glued and nailed in place.

Step 6:

the bottom i cut to 26x5 1/4 and nailled in place this left about 1/8 inch gap on both sides for drainage you can make it tight and dtill some 1/4" holes

Step 7:

next the roofs. Each where a 1x6  8 3/4 long with angles to math slope of roof and  the other side 3/4 inch longer
these where nailed in place no glue. you can put hindges on them for easy clean out but i don't have any trouble with thit the small finish nails

Step 8: Why Did'nt I Drill the Holes Before I Put This Together

why did'nt i drill the holes before i put this together!  CRS!! oh well
this is basically a bluebird house from a chart I have the hole should be 1 9/16 inches in diameter and between 6 and 9 " from the floor.I also drilled a few 3/8 holes in the backs for ventilation

Step 9:

I have hung these from tree limbs before but this one i mounted on a 4x4 post with becking screws. after setting the post in the ground it's time to put in the plants. I used pansies in this one. It took quite a bit of soil to fill the planter up I then and the pansies . Spring is almost here this should fill out in a week or so and soon the bluebirds should arrive.
Thanks for looking Peace Ricky
<p>Very nice idea. It something I will definitely try to make for my yard. Spring will be here sonn... even in Florida!</p><p>Thanks.</p>
<p>What a great project! I think I'll make a hanging version for my back patio. I might turn one of the birdhouse ends into a bee house by stuffing it with hollow canes and mud.</p>
<p>You should enter this in the spring contest! i bet it could win :D</p>
Thanks the gorilla glue foams as it dries not as much but like that foam in a can stuff enough to weather proof it also I had this cedar cut at a local saw mill no chemicals in this wood.thanks for the interest Ricky
<p>I LOVE it! Very attractive.</p><p> Only one question that I didn't see mentioned...How did you or did you, waterproof the seams where the back of the birdhouses connect to the planter?</p><p>I'm imagining the poor little birdies getting flooded out when you water the Pansies, or at least having enough leakage for the nesting material to stay damp- mommy bird wouldn't like that!</p><p>Personally I'm thinking caulk. </p>
<p>when it's setup gorilla glue is waterproof</p>
<p>Very nice.</p>
<p>Ceder has lots of chemicals so it is bug resistant, the chemicals may not be good for the birds. Just read an artical about this. Great plans but I will use different wood.</p>
<p>This is a very clever idea and so cute!</p>
<p>So cute! I love that's it a housing development...:)</p>

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