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Traditional birdhouse

Posted by joeabbott on September 15, 2008

Originally uploaded by JoeAbbott


Suzy wanted a birdhouse and pointed to one from her Birds and Blooms magazine. It was a simple bluebird house and seemed pretty easy to make. I thought I’d surprise her.

One day when she was out, I went into the shop, grabbed a board, and started building. By the time she got home i was mostly finished. The hard part is that the roof piece is a couple inches wider than all the other parts and I needed a separate board!

While it was built rather quickly, it’s sat for a bit. First it was awaiting a bit of paint and then waiting on me to attach it to a post.

The post is a simple landscaping stake used to support trees in their first year or so. I drilled a few ¾” boards, stacked them up, screwed them to the bottom of the birdhouse, and just slipped it onto the post. Could hardly be easier.

Now bluebirds have a place to stay in our yard!


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