The entire robin
shelter is made of ½"
lumber except for the three ¼"
edging strips. For a long lasting shelter box,
make it out of redwood or cypress material.
Sides are taper cut with the miter gage at 73°,
Photo No. 2. The top tapers on the sides and back
are cut on the circular saw with the miter gage
set at 76°. Assemble the tapered side piece to
the back and base as indicated in the drawing
(Figs. 1 and 1-A) with waterproof glue and 17
gage by l¼" common
wire nails. Notch the base to fit the sides and
back piece as shown in Fig. 1-A. Drill four ¼" drain holes at the front
of the base board about 3/16" from the edge.
The ¼" edging strips
have mitered joints at the front, the side pieces
are taper cut to fit against the tapered sides.
These pieces are glued and nailed in place with
19 gage by ¾" common
Bore a ¼"' hole in
the back piece for fastening the shelter to a
tree trunk or porch enclosure with a round head
brass wood screw.
Break sharp corners with a hand plane, sanding is
not necessary. If redwood or cypress is used
finish with two coats of wood preservative.
|No. of Pieces
||½ x 5¾ x 6½"
||½ x 5¼ x 7"
||½x 3-1/8 x 7"
||Side Edging Strips
||¼ x 1 x 6-1/8"
||SeFront Edging Strip
||¼ x 1 x 6¼"
||½ x 7-3/8 x 9"
The long tapers on the side
pieces are cut on the circular saw with the miter
gage set at 73°. One pass cuts the tapers on
both taper pieces.
Short top tapers on the
-side pieces are also cut on the circular saw
miter gage set at 76°.