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Making a bird house from natural woods

Not only in winter, our feathered garden visitors are glad about well-filled bird houses. While in winter, it is food that tends to be scarce, it is natural water sources that often dry up in summer. So a bird house is also ideal for depositing a shallow bowl of water there. Thanks to its easily visible position, birds feel safe there and gratefully accept the offered cooling or feeding opportunity. 

Step 1

The idea was for it to have three legs. So I looked in the wood pile for three branches that were slightly angled to provide a better stand. I temporarily fixed these with a few screws at the top, so that I could then start with the actual fastening.

But the real question was how I could screw in the legs in a durable and presentable way.

First I cut the branches, which should provide stability along the length. The frame is approx. 125 cm tall.

Then I thought to myself that I'd break the wood into columns by splitting each branch along the grain. This was surprisingly successful, so I decided to build it that way too.Then I could fix everything, of course with some pre-drilling first. I used a 3 mm drill bit for this.

Step 2

Now stands the frame is standing, but I faced next hurdle: how can a bird house be held above it? That's when I thought of just using the hand-held circular saw on top. And lo and behold this went really well too! I carefully went about cutting off the ends.

Now I had a smooth surface that I could attach a wooden board to.

Step 3

I mounted the board and started working on the house.The board was 30 cm wide and 50 cm long. Here again I liked the idea of splitting the wood.

I cut the lower frame and carefully split the wood, screwed it, and intentionally left some space at the corners.

Now I cut the branches to 25 cm in length, which should serve as four cornerstones. These were pre-drilled and screwed with a 3 mm drill bit. Then I came to the upper ring. This works the same as the lower part. So again I cut the branches to length. One for the front and one for the side. I used an axe and had a piece for each side.

Now the 'shell' is finished.

Step 4 - The roof

Here I wanted to make a removable roof. I also split the gable ends in the middle. Then I cut off the pieces for the gable on one side at a 45-degree angle. These were also the points where I screwed the wood. Then I took thin pieces of wood to fix the angles.

Now the roof is 'finished'.

I thought about how I could close the roof, but since I was so practiced in splitting the wood, I did so for the roof as well.

No sooner said than done. First I cut everything and then used the axe.

I only screwed up the wood because I wanted to cover the roof. I live in a very rural are and therefore it was easy for me to get hold of roof greening.

I pushed some moss and similar in between the individual parts. I then attached it simply by applying some pressure in the joints. Of course, it's possible to make this more secure so that nothing comes off, but that's not what I wanted. So if a bird needs anything for nesting, then they are welcome to take it.

AuthorStefan Ossenbrüggen
Reading time10 minutes