Things to make - Bird house plans

The design given here is suggested for the tree swallow but should suit a variety of sparrow sized birds. Place the bird house at least 5 feet above ground level in a sunny, open area.
 
Start by marking a 4 feet long 3/4 by 5 1/2 inch board as shown. The numbers are lengths in inches.
saw cut marking guide
The roof can be made from a piece of exterior plywood about 7 by 9 inches. Cutting the back edge at an angle will give a better fit against the back board. Use a hole saw, coping saw or keyhole saw to cut a 1 1/2 inch diameter entrance hole 1 1/8 away from the top edge of the front piece. That size will discourage larger birds that could raid the nest. No perch is necessary.

Use 6 penny nails when nailing near board ends where the wood splits easily. Larger 8 penny nails at the centers of the pieces' lengths give more strength. See the diagram below. A hinge attaches the roof to the back. That allows easy cleaning with a stiff brush at season's end so it will be ready the following spring. A brass hinge will not rust solid as soon as a steel one. Drill a 1/4 inch hole at the top and bottom of the back piece so the nest can be hung by two large nails. Finally drill a couple of 1/4 inch holes in the floor for drainage and a couple of holes near the top of each side for ventilation. Leaving the bird house unpainted may make it more appealing to birds looking for a home.

finished bird house

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