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Build a One-Board DIY Birdhouse
Build a nest box from a single pine board


  • One 5 foot 1x6 inch No. 2 pine board

  • 1 5/8 inch galvanized deck screws

  • 2 – inch galvanized finishing nails

  • Power drill

  • 1 & 3/8" spade bit

  • Hand Saw


  1. Using the full width of the 1 inch x 6 inch board, cut out the pieces as shown in the board layout diagram. The entrance hole should be drilled 5 inches from the base of the birdhouse.


  2. Attach the front to the sides with 1 5/8 inch deck screws. Predrill the holes in the front piece to prevent the wood from splitting. After
    nesting season when it’s time to clean out the
    birdhouse,remove these screws for easy access.

  3. Attach the back to the sides with 2 inch finishing nails.
    Predrill the holes, making sure each one is straight.

  4. Cut about ½ inch off each corner of the floor
    for drainage.

  5. Recess the floor ¼ inch up from the bottom of the
    house, then attach it with 2 inch finishing nails from
    the sides and back. Do not nail the floor from the
    front or you won’t be able to open it for cleaning.

  6. Attach the roof to the sides with 1-5/8 inch
    deck screws. That’s it!

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