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Simple beginner bird house - PEP BB dimensional.sand.birdhouse

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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Dimensional Lumber Woodworking.

Birds are nice, let's build a house for them!

Warning - This video is exceedingly optimistic about what you can do in under 5 minutes.


To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - build a simple beginner bird house
 - a bird might want to live in it (maybe a really ugly and desperate bird)
 - It won't kill the bird
 - Made from wood, nails and/or screws - no glue
 - 5" wide or greater
 - Weather resistant design - for the bird and for the longevity of the house

To document your completion of the BB, provide photographic or video (<2 minutes long) of the following:
- Wood you're starting with
- Finished bird house

Clarifications:
- A bit tung oil or linseed oil on the exterior is acceptable.  Using rot resistant woods that don't need protection is about ten times better than using lessor wood treated with oil.




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Here is my extra crappy birdhouse.

Cedar shake shingles.
Rescued screws.
Bit of wire.
Extra ugly.

Time-lapse of process:
https://vimeo.com/336428353
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I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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Your post met the BB requirements, but I still wanted to let you know that the vimeo link is not working.
 
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Thanks, Dave.  It was slow to convert, but it's live now.  
 
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Here's a crappy birdhouse. The first one I've ever built and I look forward to builging more. The nest box plan is designed for a variety of birds but the one I'm most familiar with is the cheeseburger bird (Chickadee). The plans state that it's standard for House Wren, Black=capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, Prothonotary Warbler and Tufted Titmouse. Not sure if all those species are in Montana but I should find out in give or take a couple years.
Learned about a pivot nail. I installed two on the top right side of the box to open for access to clean and one at the bottom in front thats easy to pull out when I do clean it.
Used 1x6 lying around and nails that Fred rescued
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Just needs the hole
Just needs the hole
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Oiled with grapeseed
Oiled with grapeseed
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Nicole Alderman wrote:Is that rot resistant wood, or did you oil it?


I'm guessing it's not. Can I save it with an edit of it oiled?
 
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I built a birdhouse for bluebirds. Found the dimensions for it in a book. I oiled it with grapeseed oil.

I made it so that the bottom can come out by removing some pegs, but I think it would be better to make it so that a side is removable instead. That way you can inspect the inside easier.
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Materials used :
Scrap, off cuts of cedar from siding the house, 1 x 8 which i ripped down to make these bird houses with.
Solar power for using the table saw for ripping
Hammer
Battery powered skill saw
hot dipped galvanized nails
yellow cedar shake
red cedar shake
Japanese pull saw
sand paper
Drill
Hole saw bit

I built these bird houses specifically for Nuthatches Nut Hatch Bird house Dimensions
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The pile of wood I started with
The pile of wood I started with
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Partially built
Partially built
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partially built
partially built
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Completed with Cedar shake roof
Completed with Cedar shake roof
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Swivel bottom for cleaning out
Swivel bottom for cleaning out
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Building the second one
Building the second one
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Completed second one
Completed second one
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I much prefer this style of opening
I much prefer this style of opening
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My honey bun brought home a bird house on a shovel which needed some repair
My honey bun brought home a bird house on a shovel which needed some repair
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Bird House repaired
Bird House repaired
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Added hinge for cleaning out.
Added hinge for cleaning out.
Staff note (Nicole Alderman) :

I hereby certify this BB as complete!

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