How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

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This summer I partnered with Craftsman during their Blogger Summit and built a modern birdhouse. What I like most about this birdhouse is that the materials used were items I already had available around our workshop (2×4′s) and by adding a couple angles to a simple design the birdhouse took on a modern style.

BUILD modern birdhouse How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

Here are some photos of the birdhouse build as well as the finished project.

Here’s how I did it. Feel free to customize this design as much as you’d like and if you build one send it to us as we’d love to see it!

Materials:
8 pieces of 10 1/2″ cut 2×4′s
1 18×20″ piece of mdf or hobby wood for the roof
1 12×12″ piece of plywood for the base
30 deck screws
1 small hinge

Tools:
drill/driver
wood glue
measuring tape
sealant or paint

trim 2x4 How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

1. Trim your 2×4′s into 8 pieces that are 10 1/2″ in length.

sand edges How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

2. Sand the edges of your 2×4 pieces. We used the RIDGID Jobmax oscillating tool with the sanding attachment which made quick work of any burrs or splinters. Sandpaper and a block also work.

build birdhouse top level How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

3. Layout the 2×4 pieces as shown above to make sure they fit together nicely. We only went with two levels but you can go as  high as you’d like. We’d suggest maxing out at three levels.

layout roof How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

4. Layout the roof and make sure it fully covers and extends past the edges of the birdhouse. We had to attach two pieces of white pine hobby wood but it’s best to stick to one complete piece.

drill holes birdhouse How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

5. Pre-drill two holes into each end then attach pieces by first applying wood glue and then use deck screws which are water and corrosive resistant as this birdhouse will be used outdoors.

birdhouse hinge How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

6. Cut the last piece of 2×4 into a shorter 6″ length so there is room for an opening. We wanted to be able to swing the door open and have better access to cleaning out the inside but you can glue and screw this piece on permanently if you’d like. We also matched the hinge to the screw heads so it would have a nice brass finish all around.

birdhouse base How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

7. Attach your birdhouse base to the sides with glue and screws which are driven in from the bottom.

sealant birdhouse How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

8. Use a waterproofing sealant or paint your birdhouse to protect it from the elements.

screws roof How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

9. We attached the screws through two paint sticks then glued those sticks to the roof. It wasn’t ideal but our roof material was too thin to screw through. Make sure you install the roof at an angle to not only ensure the modern look but also make it function for water run-off.

open birdhouse door How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

9. Attach a paint stick piece to the door which will serve as a latch to keep the door from swinging open on it’s own. You simply reach in and turn the latch and the door will swing out.

bird on birdhouse How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

birdhouse front new How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

back birdhouse How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

birdhouse bird sitting How to Build a Modern Birdhouse

10. Let the bird’s know you are open for business and enjoy!!!

 

  • Nayar0768

    I build bird houses.first I do research to find out what each species prefers.then I build it to the specifications for that certain type of bird.I build a design that is pleasing to the eye.if this is the bird house of the future I would not want it in my yard. it looks like something  that someone lazy would have tried to put together. 

    • Mel Lunny

      I love this birdhouse and i think it’s a VERY APPROPRIATE post on a website called BUILTBYKIDS.COM. I would love to have it in my yard if I made it with my child AS IS THE POINT OF ALL PROJECTS ON THIS SITE.  If it’s lazy to make simple things such as this to get your kid interested in woodworking then I’m more than glad to be “lazy”!

  • Roberta

    I love the look of this birdhouse.  It’s modern and recycles materials.  Great job!  I’m going to give it a try.  Thanks,  roberta

    • http://builtbykids.com Built by Kids

      Thanks Roberta! Send us photos! We’d love to see how your’s turns out.

  • Bailey_shoby

    My godson will love building this!  A few things: one, the size of the hole can be very specific for birds; do you know who this would attract?  Secondly, I’d be very careful that the space at the top is not big enough for a racoon to reach into. 

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