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Bird House


The actual item finished by my son.
Diagram of parts.
This is another very simple project when pre-cut pieces are used. All parts are cut from 3/4" pine planking scraps. The bottom is held in place with two 1-1/2 long counter-sink screws. Use the diagrams to cut out all pieces to the specified sizes. Locate and drill the 1-1/2" diameter hole into the front as shown in the drawings. You can add a second hole, like in my son's, but it serves no real value. Assembly diagram.
Locate and drill a hole into each side (for the screws that secure the bottom) as shown in the drawings. These holes need to be big enough the screw body fits through easily. Use a counter sink bit so the screws will be flush later. Now all your Junior Woodcrafter needs is these seven parts, twenty five1-1/2 finishing nails (some for spares), a hammer, a screwdriver, some wood glue, one sheet of 150 grit sandpaper, a really cool workshop apron small enough for kids, and safety goggles.
 
Assembly.
1. Drive six finishing nails into the back where the black dots on the drawings indicate.
2. Drive the nails to the point they are about to go completely through or 'ever so slightly through' the wood.
3. Apply glue to one edge of each side piece and position them against the back (as shown in detail A) keeping the bottom edges flush.
4. Hammer the six nails all the way in.
5. Drive six finishing nails into the front where the black dots on the drawings indicate.
6. Apply glue to the exposed edge of each side piece and position the front against the edges (as shown in detail A) again keeping the bottom edges flush.
7. Hammer these six nails all the way in.
8. Carefully slide the bottom in and secure it into place with the two screws (as shown in detail C).
9. Drive six finishing nails into the larger roof piece where the black dots on the drawings indicate.
10. Drive four finishing nails into the other roof piece where the black dots on the drawings indicate.
11. Apply glue to the long edge of the smaller roof piece and position the larger piece to overlap the glued edge (as shown in detail B).
12. Drive the two end nails of the larger piece in.
13. Apply glue to the two remaining exposed top edges and position the top leaving equal overhangs front and rear (as shown in detail C).
14. Drive the final eight nails in.
15. Sand off all sharp corners.
16. Allow the glue to dry well before use.
17. Paint the final project to protect it from the weather and hang it about eight feet high.
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*********** WARNING***********
Read my page on safety before building this item.