Made from an old fence pickets, a fruit can and a tree branch clipping for the perch, it takes about an hour.
Step 1: Prepare the Walls
Step 2: Prepare the Roof
Step 3: Finish the Bird House
Produced by Darryl Chapman
Cut two 4-in. x 10-in. walls with 45° gables, two 2 3/4-in. x 8-in. sides and a 2-in. x 2-in. base. Assemble with exterior wood glue and 6d galvanized finish nails. Mix a tablespoon of white acrylic primer with water to thinly coat the exterior.
Remove the top and base of the can with a can opener, cut open and flatten. Fold at the center to cut a scalloped edge with aviation snips. Position on the house with the rolled edge overhanging the rear, securing with 6d galvanized nails.
Mark 3-in. from the ridge to drill a 1 1/2-in. hole with a speed bore, drill a 3/8-in. hole 1 1/4-in. below the access hole to add the perch. Make the access hole 1 1/2-in., big enough for bluebirds, finches, wrens and swallows. Hang the house in a tree.
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