Birdhouse for balcony and garden

 
Expedition into the animal kingdom.
Birdhouse

Animal researchers can soon go on the lookout and rediscover the world outside their own balcony door of large and small animals.

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This nest box for songbirds will breathe new life into your garden or balcony. Even a beginner can easily build the birdhouse within half a day. The costs are approx. £15.

The following construction guide applies to 12 mm thick birch multiplex panels. Simply have the panels cut to size at a DIY store or by your carpenter. If you use other materials or material with a different thickness, adapt the parts list accordingly.

The birdhouse can be either stood up or hung up. You will need cord for the hanging version. It will also serve to secure the roof. To make the standing version, simply mount a broomstick to the base plate of the birdhouse to serve as a stand.

You will find a detailed material list and the construction drawing under the link entitled “Downloads for the project”.

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Required power tools:

Other accessories:

  • Scribing square or set square
  • Compass
  • Universal drill bit, 4–10 mm diameter
  • Pencil, folding rule
  • Sanding paper, grit of approx. 150
  • Paintbrush (or spray gun)
  • Countersink
  • Scrap panel to rest the workpiece on
  • For your own protection: Face mask, protective glasses, gloves

Required materials:

  • Multiplex board, birch, 12 mm
  • Wood flat head screws
  • 1 piece of wood
  • Broomstick or cord
  • Wood glue for securing the broomstick or dowels for fixing the cord
  • White house paint or acrylic paint

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Item

pcs

Designation

Length

Width

Thickness

Material

0

1

Baseplate

350 mm

200 mm

12 mm

Birch multiplex

1

2

Side border

350 mm

40 mm

12 mm

Birch multiplex

2

1

Front border

224 mm

40 mm

12 mm

Birch multiplex

3

2

Side walls

175 mm

190 mm

12 mm

Birch multiplex

4

2

Gable walls

275 mm

200 mm

12 mm

Birch multiplex

5

1

Roof

245 mm

212 mm

12 mm

Birch multiplex

6

1

Roof

245 mm

224 mm

12 mm

Birch multiplex

7

1

Dowel rod

300 mm

10 mm

20 mm

8

1

Broomstick as leg

1,000 mm

20 mm

20 mm

9

4

Cord

1,000 mm

20 mm

10

27

Flat head screws, 3.5 x 35 mm

11

1

Flat head screw, 4.50 x 50 mm (standing version only)

12

approx. 0.5 l acrylic paint, white

1

Cutting the front and back wall to size

1 - Cutting the front and back wall to size
Cutting the front and back wall to size

First transfer the front design from the construction drawing onto the front panel. Mark the roof slopes using the ruler and mark the entrance hole using the compass. Use a pencil to also mark the two holes underneath the peak for the hanger and the hole for the landing pole.

Now saw out the roof gable along the lines using the jigsaw. To do so, fix the front panel with G-clamps on the edge of your worktable in such a way that you can saw without sawing into the table. Once you have sawn the first roof slope, you have to re-position the workpiece and clamp it again.

You can use the sawn front as a template for the rear wall. Mark the roof slopes and the holes for the hanger and cut the rear wall accordingly. To make sure that the edges are nice and clean, deburr them with the multi-sander.

Now drill the corresponding holes in the front and rear wall of the birdhouse. Put the front panel on pieces of square timber so that you do not drill into the worktop, and fix everything with G-clamps. Drill the three small holes for the hanger and the landing pole with the 10-mm wood drill bit.

To make it quick and easy to saw the entrance hole, use a holesaw as the accessory on your drill. If you do not have a holesaw, drill several small holes with the 10-mm drill bit, once through the centre and four times on the edge of the entrance hole (at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock). Now use the jigsaw to saw from the centre to a hole on the edge and then along the circle from hole to hole. You may need to re-position the workpiece and re-clamp it several times.

You only drill the two small holes for the hanger in the rear wall.

2

Connecting the front and back wall to the side sections

2 - Connecting the front and back wall to the side sections
Connecting the front and back wall to the side sections

The front and rear wall are screwed to the side sections with four screws each. Put the walls together in the position that they will later be screwed together and mark the inner edges of the side sections on the front and on the rear wall using a pencil. Separate the parts again and mark the position of the screws in the exact middle between the marked line and the edge. The screw holes should be about 4 cm in from the top and bottom.

Pre-drill the screw holes in the front and in the rear wall using the 4-mm drill bit. Now you put the front or the rear wall and the side section together in the same position in which they will be screwed together and use a 3-mm drill bit to drill through the holes into the side section. Also pre-drill the other holes in the side sections in the same way.

Then use the cordless screwdriver to assemble the front and back and the side sections with screws (3.5 x 35 mm). Make sure that the screw heads are completely countersunk.

Tip for screwing together two wooden parts

In the panel where you want to insert the screws first, always pre-drill a hole that is 0.5 to 1 mm larger than the screw diameter. The hole should be pre-drilled deep enough for the screw head to completely disappear into it. In the wood panel that you are going to drill second, you should pre-drill a hole that is 1 mm smaller than the screw diameter. This ensures that the screw thread will grip well.

How to saw curves with ease

You’re building a go-kart and have to saw the steering wheel into shape. Or you want to saw cutouts in a wooden box to make it easier to carry. It is best to use a jigsaw for jobs like these where you have to saw a curve.

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3

Preparing and mounting the floor panel

3 - Preparing and mounting the floor panel
Preparing and mounting the floor panel

First mark the holes for fixing the bird feed on the floor panel and drill them with the 8-mm or 10-mm drill bit.

The floor panel is fixed to the birdhouse from below with 8 screws, two per house wall. You therefore place the floor panel on your worktop with the bottom facing up. Put the four walls of the birdhouse on top of this. Then trace the outline of the house on the inside and outside using a pencil. Take the house off again and now mark the screw holes in the middle of the marked contour of the walls, each 4 cm away from the corners.

Pre-drill the holes through the floor panel and in the bottom of the walls as described. Fit the floor panel from below with screws (3.5 x 35 mm). Again make sure that the heads are cleanly countersunk.

How to quickly get the hang of it

Screw joints are a quick and easy alternative to glue joints in furniture construction. However, drilling in wood is more difficult than it looks. Here you will find out what to watch out for when screwdriving and drilling in wood.

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4

Fitting the fence

4 - Fitting the fence
Fitting the fence

Now you fit a fence to your birdhouse. It consists of a shorter strip at the front and two longer strips at the sides. Fit the side strips with four screws each and the front strip with three screws as specified in the construction drawing of the floor panel. Don’t forget to pre-drill!

Small detail, big performance

Furniture often looks more appealing when the corners and edges are chamfered, i.e. sanded at a 45-degree angle. This task is perfect for the handy and versatile multi-sander or the specialists for hard-to-reach areas: delta sanders and compact belt sanders.

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5

Making the gabled roof

The gabled roof is not screwed to the walls. Instead it is hung to the house by cords. To guide the cords, before assembling the roof you drill two 10-mm-diameter holes through each of the two roof halves as described in the construction drawing.

Now the two roof sections are screwed together to form a gabled roof. Mark the holes for the screws as described earlier, pre-drill again and make sure that the screw heads are completely countersunk.

How to sand smoothly

Sanding wood surfaces is one of the most common applications performed by DIYers. For example, to remove surface blemishes and paint residues or to prepare the wood for further surface treatment.

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6

Fitting the pole for the standing version

6 - Fitting the pole for the standing version
Fitting the pole for the standing version

If you do not want to hang the birdhouse up, you will now need a stand. Use a standard broomstick for this. To fit it to the birdhouse, take the roof off again and use the 5-mm drill bit to drill a hole in the middle of the floor. Pre-drill the broomstick accordingly with the 4-mm drill bit. Then apply some glue to the broomstick and fix it on the floor panel by driving the screw (4.5 x 50 mm) into it from above and through the floor.

7

Fitting the cord for the hanging version

7 - Fitting the cord for the hanging version
Fitting the cord for the hanging version

You will need two cords per gable side for the hanger. Measure the length that you need and add 10 cm to each. Take two cords and tie a dowel to the end of each one to act as a holder. Now thread the cords through the bottom hole in the gable from the inside out and back in through the top hole. Now thread the cords through the holes in the roof by guiding one cord through the hole on the left-hand side and the other cord through the hole on the right-hand side of the roof. Do the same on the opposite gable side. Now you can tie the cord ends together and hang the birdhouse up.

8

Painting the visible surface

Before painting, you should detach the roof again to paint it separately.

If you are using a fine spray system, pour the paint into the paint tank and dilute it if necessary with water. Using a test board, adjust the spray jet at the nozzle and the paint flow at the setting wheel. The spray jet can be set to horizontal or vertical for surfaces and tapered for edges.

Tip for painting

A wide range of paints are available, of various types and price categories. Decisive criteria in choosing a paint should be its workability, the technical equipment you have at home, and the surface quality and durability you require. Ask for advice at a specialist retail outlet. If you are not an experienced painter, we recommend that you practice beforehand on a sample piece. You will achieve the quickest and best result with acrylic paints. They are water-dilutable and are quick and easy to apply using a fine spray system.

9

Done

9 - Done
Done

The birdhouse is finished. Scatter some bird feed into it so that it quickly receives some visitors.


Legal note

Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.


 

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