Sides

The birdhouse is made up of two eight-sided sections — a main house where the birds will actually nest, and a smaller cupola above. The sides of these sections appear to be covered with vertical siding boards. Actually, the sides are simply grooved to resemble siding.

The cupola sides (A) and the house sides (B) start off as extralong blanks. After ripping the blanks to finished width, I routed the grooves on a router table, using a V-groove bit, see detail 'a' above. Spacing these grooves is just a matter of moving the router table fence. And since the spac ing is symmetrical, you can flip each piece around and rout a groove along both edges of the piece before moving the fence.

BEVEL EDGES. With the V-grooves cut, the next step is to cut the individual side pieces to length (height), see drawing. Then the edges of each side are beveled at 22lk° so they will fit together in the shape of an octagon, see Figs. 1 and la. (For more on this technique, see page 32.)

Before the sides can be assembled, there are a few more steps to complete. First, I routed a small rabbet along the top and bottom edges of the cupola sides and the top edge of the house sides, see detail 'b' above. These rabbets will hold some hard-board panels that are added later.

Next, I beveled the top edge of each side to 30°, see detail 'c' above. The roof will rest on this bevel when ifs added later. Finally, I drilled an entry hole in four of the side pieces of the house, see drawing above.

ASSEMBLY. To help hold all the pieces together while gluing them up, I placed a strip of tape along the outside of each jointline. Then I used band clamps on each assembly while the glue dried, see Fig. 2.

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