TWiN birdhoue

This is a simple, quick, appealing project that yieLds hours of fun come springtime. A friend of ours and his sons buiLt the first version of this birdhouse, turning Leftover pieces of clapboard siding into a spiffy new house for the Local bird population. We've modified their project a bit for this book, giving you the option of making either a back-to-back two-family bird-house or a single-family residence. The instructions for the twin version start here; the singLe birdhouse instructions begin on page 52.

Measuring and Marking

Hook your tape measure on the right-hand end of the 1x6 pine board. Moving toward the left, mark points at 5 inches, 11 inches, 16 inches, 28 inches, and 33 inches. Square a line across the board at each of these points.

On the first two lines (5 inches and 11 inches from the right-hand end of the board), mark center points, which should be 2% inches in from either edge of the board. These will be the centers of the entrance holes you will drill later in front #1 and front #2.

From the point where the 5-inch line ends at the top of the board, use your Speed Square to draw a line down and toward the left at a 45-degree angle. From the bottom of the 5-ineh line, draw a line up and toward the left at a 45-degree angle. Extend the lines until they intersect at the center of the board; this intersection point marks the top of gabled front #1 of the birdhouse.

Move down to the line at 11 inches. From both ends of this line, draw a line at a 45-degree

What You'll Need

What You'll Need

Jigsaw or handsaw Speed Square

'/4-inch drill bit 1!4-inch Forstner bit #6 countersink bit Phillips-head screwdriver Hammer Tape measure Carpenter's glue

Safety glasses angle headed to the right, toward the first set of angled lines. The intersection of these two lines marks the top of gabled front #2.

Move down to the last line (33 inches from the end). From both ends of this line, draw a line at a 45-degree angle headed to the left, toward the end of the board. The intersection of these two lines marks the top of the gable of the center partition.

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