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Birdhouse with hidden minibar

Still looking for a fun gift idea to build for Father's Day, Birthday's and Co?

This birdhouse is much more than it seems from the outside: with an integrated mini bar made of strong liquor, it becomes a DIY minibar. In this guide, we'll show you step by step how to build your own creative liquor storage.


Material Tools
2x Pine boards 800 x 200 x 18 Hammer
1x Pine board 800 x 300 x 18 Jigsaw
1x riffle dowel rod 10 x 1000 Mitre saw / Table saw
1x smooth dowels 8 x 1000 Angle
1x plywood sheet 300 x 600 x 3 Cordless screwdriver
1x angular moulding 15 x 15 x 1000 Pen
1x closing strip 25 x 3 x 1000 Scale
4x screws 3,5 x 40 Staples
Bead chain Rotating sander with 120 / 180 und 240 grit
glue sanding paper
Boiled linseed oil soldering iron pen

List of all the parts needed:

Parts Measurements
2 droops 190 x 200 x 18 mm with a 45° angle
2 side parts 365 x 200 x 18 mm with a 45° angle
1 bottom plate 300 x 200 x 18 mm
1 flap 495 x 260 x 18 mm tapered above, two 45° slopes
1 rear wall 511 x 276 x 3 mm tapered above, two 45° slopes
2 pins for the flap 60 x 8 mm
1 pullpin 60 x 10 mm
4 wooden dowels 40 x 10 mm
Bead chain 320 mm
Cover strip for the roof 200 x 25 x 3
Angle profile for the rooftop 15 x 15 x 200
Holder for hanging 290 x 25 x 3

Step 1: The Cutting

First you have to provide all the required components from the parts list. I begin by cutting the sides with a mitre or table saw to the length of 365 mm.

So that you can install the back wall later, you have to cut a groove. This is cut 5mm from the outer edge away. The groove depth should be at least 8 mm and at maximum 10 mm. At the front you need an 8 mm hole, where the pins are placed later. Drill three holes under the side panels, two for the wooden dowels and one for the screw. More information, you'll get in the point "The Assembly".

For the roof, you will need two boards measuring 190 x 200, in which you saw a groove each. These two boards are then glued together with a wood glue as on the Picture below can be seen. In the bottom plate, with the dimensions of 300 x 200 mm, you must now saw another groove, which is, as you can see on the right picture, not completely drawn. This is important so that the holes at the sides can't be seen, if you are finished. In addition, you need 6 more holes as you can see in the "drawing" under the point "bottom part". After drilling all the holes, these then should be slightly lowered. For the back wall measuring 511 x 276 mm, you need a 45 ° degree top as shown on the "drawing" under "back wall". Here you have to round off the lower side a bit with the file so that it then fits into the bottom plate.


I made the flap just like the back wall, but 16 mm smaller. Then I drilled the hole for the bird, as well as for the drawbar with a 35 mm Forstner drill. The glass holder I built upon my drawing (200 x 40 mm). After that I glued small blocks under the holder (15 x 10 x 30 mm), so it’s later possible to slide the glasses into the holder. Since everything is sawn out now, I ground everything smooth with the help of the rotating sander and sandpaper.

Step 2: The assembly

Initially, the side panels are connected to the base plate and four wooden dowels. After that they can then be screwed together by using screws, size 3.5 x 40. Wood glue is now installed in the grooves and the rear wall is inserted. If there's glue leaking out, you can remove it by using a damp cloth. Then you can continue with gluing the roof. However, you should make sure that the flap that has not yet been attached still fits inside.

Before you can install the flap, the glue should be completely dry. While you wait for the glue to dry, you can mount the holder for the shot glasses, as shown in the pictures below. I fixed these with glue and nails. (air tacker)

The flap is then attached with the pins (60 x 8). Here it's important, that the pins aren't inserted completely, so that the flap can still be easily opened and closed. If the flap doesn't close neatly, you can improve the fit of it by using the grinder. Only then can you carefully drive in the pens with a hammer. Here you need to pay attention that the pins, don’t get glued down.

Now you can attach the bead chain and the stopper with the stapler. Here, the stopper only serves to ensure that the flap doesn't slip too far into the house.


Now just glue the closing strip and the angular moulding down. Make sure that the skirting boards do not protrude too far over the flap, otherwise you will not be able to open them later.

For the decoration I took a deco bird and attached it with hot glue in the 35mm hole. After that you can also start to install the pull pin, that is used to open the flap, in the 10mm hole with glue. For mounting it to the wall, I have two strips 290 x 25 x 3 mm installed on the back of the house.

Finally, I have the "birdhouse" coated with boiled linseed oil and rubbed off the excess oil. The letters on the sign, which I glued to the front of the flap, I engraved with a soldering iron pen onto a plywood plate. Of course you can also apply these directly onto the flap.

Have fun crafting!

AuthorIngo Düde
Reading time6 minutes

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