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.
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.
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.
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.