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Make a birdhouse

What's more enjoyable than the presence of birds around the house and in the garden? To encourage them to nest, it is easy to make a nest box in a fir tree 18 mm thick. The cuts must be precise, hence the interest of using a miter saw (with all the necessary precautions).

Necessary material

  • Ruler and square
  • Carpenter's pencil and fine sandpaper
  • Protective gloves
  • Clamps and tendrils
  • Wood glue and a flat brush
  • Drill and hole saw
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Screwdriver and screwdriver bit
  • Bench saw (radial saw)

Steps

  1. Dimensioned drawing to realize the birdhouse
  2. Assembly of the birdhouse

Dimensioned drawing to realize the birdhouse

Dimensioned drawing to realize the birdhouse

Parts tracing

Draw the elements

Draw the elements

1. Draw the various elements in an 18mm thick board. Use a carpenter's pencil, a square and a ruler.

Identify the elements

Identify the elements

2. Identify, by numbering them, the different elements of the birdhouse (A1 to B1).

Continue identification

Continue identification

3. To distinguish the different symmetrical components, use alpha-numeric (B2 to C2) labeling.

Cutting with miter saw (radial saw)

Lower the blade

Lower the blade

1. With the engine stopped, position the workpiece and lower the blade to check alignment with the cut line.

Check the alignment

Check the alignment

2. Adjust the position of the piece of wood and check the alignment again.

Make straight cuts

Make straight cuts

3. Make the straight cuts of the nest box elements.

45° cup

45° cup

4. For miter cuts, orient the machine at 45°.

Cut the corner of the panel

Cut the corner of the panel

5. Cut a corner of the front panel and rear panel.

Adjustment for a bias cut

Adjustment for a bias cut

6. To adjust the roof panels, tilt the unit for a 45° bend.

Cup bias

Cup bias

7. Cut the bias part of the side panels.

Separate the side panels

Separate the side panels

8. Separate the side panels with a straight cut.

Sand the angle of the songs

Sand the angle of the songs

9. Cut the edges of the edges with fine sandpaper.

Clear inscriptions

Clear inscriptions

10. To erase, sand the inscriptions on the panels by reserving them in order.

Draw the diagonal

Draw the diagonal

11. Draw the diagonal of the front panel.

Locate the center of the hole

Locate the center of the hole

12. Place a mark 5 cm from the top of the front panel.

Block the panel

Block the panel

13. Place the front panel on a martyr board and secure with a clamp.

Start drilling the hole

Start drilling the hole

14. Begin drilling the hole with the hole saw.

Flip the panel

Flip the panel

15. Flip the front panel. Block it with the clamp.

Finish drilling

Finish drilling

16. Finish drilling the birdhouse inlet.

Sand the hole

Sand the hole

17. Cut the corners of the edge of the hole with sandpaper.

Assembly of the birdhouse

Note the location of the screws

Note the location of the screws

1. The assembly of the elements is done by screws arranged at half-width of the songs. Draw their location.

Prime the holes with the twist

Prime the holes with the twist

2. Lock the pieces, placed at an angle, with clamps and prime the screw holes in the auger.

To screw

To screw

3. Assemble the elements with the screwdriver.

glue

glue

4. Squeeze the sloping cutting edge of the side panels.

Reinforce the bottom of the birdhouse

Reinforce the bottom of the birdhouse

5. Slide it into the bottom of the birdhouse.

Screw the front panel

Screw the front panel

6. Screw in the front panel to close the birdhouse.

To varnish the outside of the birdhouse

To varnish the outside of the birdhouse

7. Varnish the nest box with a flat brush. Do not varnish the interior so as not to upset the birds.

Varnish the songs

Varnish the songs

8. Emphasize singing.

Screw a hanging bolt

Screw a hanging bolt

9. Screw a stud to the back of the birdhouse to hang it.

Install the birdhouse

Install the birdhouse

10. Install the birdhouse more than 2 meters above the ground.

(photos / visuals: © DIY Prod, except special mention)

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