Introduction: House Finch Birdhouse

This is a step by step DIY with directions on how to make a birdhouse for a House Finch.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

  • 1in x 8in x 6ft Common Wood
  • Brad Nails
  • Brad Nailer
  • Wood Glue
  • Water Guard Stain
  • Staining Pad
  • Measuring Tape
  • 2 Screws
  • Miter Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Hand Sander
  • Screw Driver
  • Drill Press
  • 1 3/4in Hole Dozer/ Hole Saw
  • 7/8in Spade Drill Bit
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Clamps

Step 2: Measure and Cut Your Wood

The first step to this DIY is to measure and cut your wood. Cut the sides, front, base, back, and roof of the bird house, using the sizes indicated below.

The size of the pieces of wood are:

8 in. x 14 in. Back

10 in. x 9 1/8 in. Top

8 in. x 12 in. Side (one side will have to be 10 inches tall and the other 12 inches tall, you will want to make a diagonal line from the left to right top)

8 in. x 12 in. Side (one side will have to be 10 inches tall and the other 12 inches tall, you will want to make a diagonal line from the left to right top)

8 in. x 10 in. Front

Step 3: Holes

Using a drill press and a 1 3/4in hole dozer, put a hole on the front piece of wood. Make an "X" going from the top left to the bottom right and the bottom left to the top right. Where those two lines meet is the center and where you'll want to make the hole. You'll also want to use a 7/8in. Spade Drill bit on the drill press and make a notch on the bottom middle of your "door" to be able to open it. Once the hole is made erase the lines and sand the inside of the hole using sandpaper.

Step 4: Glue

Taking your cut pieces glue the bottom piece to the back piece (8x8 and 14x8) as seen in the picture above. Then, clamp them together and let it dry. You then place one of your sides ontop of the bottom and glue them together, hold them together with clamps. ONLY DO ONE SIDE! The second side is going to act as a door so you can clean out the birdhouse.

Step 5: Roof

Once everything is dried you are going to want to put the roof on but remember the bird needs a breathing hole. Leave a little space (about a 10 degree angle) between the roof and sides for breathing.

Step 6: The Clean-out Door

Your final assembly step is to put the other side on. This side is different because it is the door you are going to move to be able to clean the birdhouse out. You are going to want about 1/2 of a centimeter between this side and the front and back. Then, take two 1 1/2 inch screws and about four inches down make a pilot hole and then screw it into the wood making sure to not screw it too tight so the door can move.

Step 7: Nail

Using your brad nails and brad nailer, nail everything together. We put 3-4 brad nails where two pieces of wood connected together. Make sure to check that all of the nails go in all the way and not to nail the door or it won't be able to open.

Step 8: Sand and Stain

Congratulations, you are on you final steps! Using your hand sander sand the whole birdhouse to make it smooth. After you sand it, use the stain and the staining pad to stain the whole exterior of the birdhouse making sure to get it into the holes and cracks. Give it between 2 and 3 coats (or more for a darker color). To make sure the stain is dry and it's not necessary for another coat, test it by dropping a little bit of water on it. The water will bead up if it is complete.

Step 9: It's Done!

Once you have finished the birdhouse it is ready to be hung outside where it will make a nice home for a Finch family. Just remember to clean it out every season so that another bird can live there! To clean the birdhouse first make sure there are no eggs or birds in the house than if it is all clear you can use a brush or stick and clear out the nest.