Building Secret 'drinking' Nest Box




Do you want to surprise your friends? This is a nice nest box you want to have near you on the terrace, because it isn't what it looks like. Is it really a nest box..... or is it a secret 'drinking' box? Nice as a give away!

What do you need:

Deal-wood (16mm thick), sawed in the following sizes:
1x 40cm x 13.5cm (rear)
2x 30 cm x 13.5 cm (sides)
1x 25 cm x 13.5 cm (top)
2x 15 cm x 13.5 cm (front)
1x 10.5 cm x 13.5 cm (bottom) (not on the image)

1x 10 x 12 mm (diameter) stick
2x piano hinge (13 cm)

12x 3.5 mm x 35 mm screws
5x 3.0 mm x 20 mm screws

2x shot glasses (bottom 35 mm diameter)
liquor bottles

hole saw (35 mm)
drill (3mm)
drill (min. 5 mm) or a countersink
drill (12mm) 
wood Glue
waterproof marker
pillar drill
tape measure
cordless drill

Step 1: Saw the Planks in the Right Sizes

Saw the deal-wood board into the following pieces:

1x 40cm x 13.5cm (rear)
2x 30 cm x 13.5 cm (sides)
1x 25 cm x 13.5 cm (top)
2x 15 cm x 13.5 cm (front)
1x 10.5 cm x 13.5 cm (bottom) (not on the image)

Step 2: Create the Front Top

In the front top, drill a hole (35mm) with the hole saw.
Position of the hole: 6 cm from the top, 6,75 cm from left or right (the middle)

Beneath that hole, make a pit.
Please remove the drill center from the hole saw. This is important because we don't want to drill a hole. 
Put the hole saw into a pillar drill and saw like 8 mm deep.
Remove the inner with a chisel.
If doesn't matter if you put a shot glass in and it falls out. See step 7 for a solution for that.

Step 3: Create the Front Bottum

Connect the two front pieces.
Saw the piano hinge in a length of 13 cm with a hacksaw.
Use a countersink or a drill of 5 mm on the piano hinge to ensure the screws won't stick out.

Put the piano hinge onto the boards. Use a piercer on it and screw it using the 3.0 mm x 20 mm screws.
Make sure the piano hinge opens on the right side. The top should flip forward. 
Drill a pit from 8 mm deep with the 12 mm drill on top of the front board bottom. 
Put some wood glue in the pit. 
In the pit you should put a 10 cm long stick (12 mm diameter).

Step 4: Screw the Box

Now it's time to complete the box.
Before you screw it, you should drill holes (3 mm drill) so the wood won't split.
Use the 3.5 mm x 35 mm screws.

The rear board protrudes a bit. This is deliberately so you can attach the box. 
Don't use any screws on the top front board. This should freely move forward.

Step 5: Create the Top

The upper sides should also have a piano hinge attached. This is necessary because there is also a cover here.
Install the hinge the same way as you did on the first piano hinge.

Step 6: Create an Unique Text

To pimp the nest box you can put some ambiguous bird name on it.
In Dutch you can put "pimpelmees" or "buizerd" on it.
In English you can put some birds names on it, that are related to the liquor inside.

First write it with a pencil. So you can fit it the right size.
Next use a waterproof marker on it.
Use a dremel to make some emboss in it. You can colour it with a waterproof marker, or use solder iron to darken it.

Step 7: Finishing Touch

If the shot glass doesn't fit well, you can put some tape around it. The glass will fit much better.
Place one extra glass behind the first one in the hole. Now you can drink with your best friend.
Place one or more bottles of liquor in the nest box and attach the whole thing at a nice place close to the terrace.
Have fun and surprise your friends!



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    5 years ago on Introduction

    For the non Dutch speaking people.
    The word 'pimpelmees' on the box means 'Blue Tit' or in Latin Cyanistes caeruleus. It's a bird... But in Dutch the word pimpel(en) is slang for drinking alcoholic bevarages.
    So translated it means 'Drinking Tit'.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    You can use any wood. The only thing is, that some wood is better to use outside then others. Or you can paint it.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I like it, but how do you stop the squirrels nicking your gin? I hate drunk squirrels, partying all night and singing their drunken squirrel songs. And don't get me started on the pigeons!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Better than my nest box :-) Nice & easy project, good work!

    @Agulesin: The hole is the bottom of the top shot glass


    5 years ago on Introduction

    What happens if a bird goes in and makes a nest on top of your bottles? then you couldn't disturb it if you wanted a tipple... ;-) or is the hole just a black circle?


    5 years ago on Introduction

    The is awful! I have always wondered why birds have rehabilitation centers, now I know. Some birds just want to stay clean, buy a nest and raise eggs without the added pressure of accidentally flying into a hidden bottle of booze. Shameful. Nice instructable though.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! - For further secrecy you could site it up a tree, but probably fall out when you've emptied it... Interesting that you use the term 'Deal-wood' as my woodwork teacher at school (40 years ago... erm... cough) used that term (or Deal) for standard softwood as found in the timber yards since then nobody I've discussed it with has heard of it, what you are using looks like Douglas Fir?

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    It's because I didn't know the English word for it. It's called 'vurenhout' in dutch. I've guess it's the wood from the "Picea abies".


    5 years ago

    great don't have to hide ( things ) behind the

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    5 years ago

    This is very clever.