I Have always been interested in building birdhouses.
Every antique shop or junk store I go in I always look around for different and unusual birdhouses...for some reason, just always liked them. Well, finally got some time on my hands, so I thought I would give it a try.
Started out by going to local home store and just got some 8" pine lumber.
I Got home and started on the design I wanted...Got through the basic house and looked at it and thought, anybody could build this.
I wanted something different.
Found some rusted tin for a top and believe me, it is not easy to cut.
After that, got out the saw and started making lines to look like old siding. And then out with the paint. White and black and a mixture of both.
I think my first birdhouse turned out fairly well. But most of all, it was fun to do.
I already have another that I will start within the next week.
I have begun building nest boxes for screech owls, American kestrels, Gila woodpeckers, and house finches.
I asked my friend, Tiffany, a resident of the Central California Coast and avid birder, whether she too would like a house; and, if so, for what type of bird.
The Oakland communities of the Central California coast land support communities of Acorn Woodpeckers.
She and I researched dimensions of the boxes, orientation for hanging, height for erection and so forth.
When she came to Southeastern Arizona for her annual summer birding week, she brought with her pieces of Pacific Coast driftwood, while collecting Ponderosa pine and Alligator Juniper bark locally on her birding treks.
I affixed additional Mesquite bark to the interior to assist fledglings in their climb out the entry hole, hinged the top, used scored beach glass on the sides to allow a bit of light to the interior, added a few saguaro ribs for trim, found rusted spring for human interest, added a decorative spar.
The box itself is composed of a 5/8"-solid oak front, and 5/8" pine sides, back and roof.
A piece of hundred year old galvanized metal I found in the desert weatherproofs the roof.
In February, 2010, her husband, Doug, is making a short journey, at which time he'll take the box to its rightful place among the hills of the Central Coast, where-- if all goes well-- Acorn Woodpeckers will move in, raise a family and help repopulate the species.
I have been been woodworking almost all my life and I also enjoy the aspects of nature being from the great smokey mountains in Tennessee.
I started working at a wood products factory a few months ago and after a few week there I noticed that a lot of the scrap they throw away could be used for other things.
So I started asking if I could have the scraps and it led to me building this bird house.
The house is made of 3/4 by 1 inch hickory which were glued and brad nailed together...the roof was made of the same material but was ripped down to a 1/4 inch thickness...the shingles were made by taking left over scrap that was a 1/8 inch or less in thickness and cut down to 1 1/4 inch pieces and individually placed...also the floor and the roof are both removable which are being held in place by wood screws...this will allow for cleaning.....
I think it turned out fairly well and I have plans on building more....hope you enjoy.