Six IVi-inch drywall screws

One package 1-inch brads

Put the lVi-inch bit in the drill chuck. Clamp the board down on top of a length of scrap wood. Starting the spur of the bit at the center point you marked on the first line at the right-hand end of the board, drill all the way through the piece and into the scrap to make the first entrance hole to the house. Then move to the center point on the second line and drill another hole for the second entrance.

Cutting Out the Pieces

Clamp the board down so that the right-hand end extends at least 12 inches beyond the work surface. Use a jigsaw or handsaw to make the two cuts along the first set of angled lines. This will free the birclhouse front #1 from the workpiece.

Cut along the next set of angled lines on the right-hand end of the board. Then turn the board around, reclamp it, and cut along the angled lines on the other end. Make the two crosscuts along the remaining layout lines. These cuts will free up the birdhouse front #2, the bottom, and the center partition. Note: Do not cut along any layout lines that intersect angled cuts! They are for locating the entrance holes only.

On the length of clapboard, measure and square lines to mark two 12-inch-long pieces for the birclhouse sides and two 13-inch-long pieces to make the roof pieces. Cut them to length and set them aside.

On the birdhouse bottom, mark a point in each corner, about 1 inch in from the closest side and about % inch in from the closest end.

Square a line 6 inches in from one end of the bottom. Mark two points along this line, about 1 inch from either edge.

Put the countersink bit in the drill chuck and use it to drill a hole at each of the six spots you've marked on the birdhouse bottom.

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It is easier and safer to make the angled cuts for the gables while the pieces are still attached to the full board. Be sure your kids follow the order of cutting described in step 8.

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A word about materials: Cedar clapboards are manufactured with one side planed smooth and the other left rough-sawn, so the two sides have very different feels. Which way you position them could ultimately create quite different effects. Although we've specified pine board for the rest of the bird-house. you can make it out of cedar instead and leave it to weather naturally outdoors. So before you begin building, you and your Kids have a basic design decision to make: What will the neighborhood birds prefer - a rough-hewn cabin or a summer cottage?

Twin Birdhouse two pieces together. Repeat the process with the other front piece. (Using screws instead of nails will allow you to remove the bottom for cleaning after the birdhouse's first inhabitants have moved on.)

With the assembly still lying on its side, place one of the 12-inch pieces of clapboard against the side of the birdhouse, with its thick edge at the bottom. Using two or three brads at each location, nail the clapboard onto the two fronts and the center of the birdhouse. Don't get carried away and nail the clapboard to the bottom. That would become a sure source of consternation at clean-out time!

Putting It Ail Together

Set front #1, front #2, and the center partition in a row on edge on the work surface, with their peaks pointing away from you. Place the birdhouse bottom on edge against the bottom edges of the two fronts and the center partition, with the countersunk holes facing you.

Align the center partition with the holes in the center of the bottom piece and drive two 1%-inch drywall screws through the holes into the bottom edge of the partition. Align one front piece with the holes in the end of the bottom piece and drive screws through the holes to fasten these

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Twin Birdhouse

Turn the birdhouse over and nail the second piece of 12-inch clapboard to the other side in the same way.

Set the house upright and place one of the 13-inch clapboard roof pieces on top of the walls, with its thin edge at the peak. T he clapboard will hang over the ends of the walls by about half an inch. Nail the roof piece in place by driving two brads through the roof into the center and two front pieces.

Place the second 13-inch roof piece in place, with its thin edge flush to the surface of the first roof piece (this will make it harder for rain to enter). Drive two bracls through the roof into the center and two front pieces.

The Perch

If you want to include a perch, put the %-mch bit in your drill chuck. Bore into one of the fronts of the birdhouse about % inch below the bottom edge of the entry hole. The hole should be about lfi inch deep.

zo. Cut a 3-inch length of Vt-inch dowel, roll one end in a bit of carpenters glue, and push or tap it into the hole you just drilled. 11 you prefer to use a short length of tree branch for a perch, simply cut it to length and shape the end with a knife until it fits into the drilled hole.

If you want to have perches on both fronts of the birdhouse, repeat steps 19 and 20 on the other house front.


¿X* Paint polka doii stripeb or any pattern you think the neigborhood birds might, like! However, becau.c this i s an outdoor birdhouse, make sure you paint wiili water proof, pre It r-ably semigloss or glo-i paint. If you have made your bird-house entirely I rum cedar, consider noL painting at all, letiing theweaiho do the finish work for you naturally.

attaching the roof hammer gently to avoid splitting the clapboard

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