Free Blue Bird House Plan - Chalet Style!
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DIFFICULTY RATING: Advanced Beginner
This blue bird house plan is much more complex than the beginner plan on this site! This one requires more tools and a few more skills. It has a couple of miter cuts, and the roof pieces have bevel cuts.
However, it is still designed "for the birds"! Some use the term "ornithologically correct". For a more in-depth discussion of the planning for rain, ventilation, and bluebird specific requirements, visit my design criteria page.
If the much easier, beginner woodworker, bluebird house plan is more to your liking, click here.
The link to the
woodworking plan PDF
blue bird house plan
is at the
bottom of the page.
Woodworking Tools Needed to Build Blue Bird House Plan.
This blue bird house plan requires more woodworking tools than most of our plans.
The woodworking hand tools used are:
- woodworking clamps;
- tape measure;
- square; and
- Kreg Jig (Affiliate Link).
The Kreg right angle clamp prevented a lot of frustration.
Power Tools Needed.
The woodworking power tools used to make these birdhouse plans are:
- jig saw, circular saw (any saw that can cut straight);
- jig saw to cut notches;
- a saw that can cut a bevel cut 14 1/2" long (my sliding compound saw was not long enough);
- and a drill.
A 1 1/2" circular cutting bit is needed to cut the entrance holes in the front piece and predator guard.
Because of the tight spaces in connecting the 2nd side of the roof,
you will need a right angle drill attachment, or a right angle drill.
You will also need a 3" or 3 1/2" #2 square drive bit. The 6" driver
that comes with the Kreg jig is too long, and a short square driver bit was too short.
A power sander would be helpful, but not essential.
This bird house could be made from pine or cedar.
You will need the following wood:
- (1) 1x10 by 4';
- (1) 1x8 by 4'; and
- (1) 1x2 by 2'.
My local big box store doesn't sell 4' lengths, so I bought 6' lengths. This allowed me to lay out the cuts to avoid most of the knots.
The photo shows the cut diagrams, which are part of the free woodworking PDF. The link to that PDF is at the bottom of the page.
You will also need about (20) 1 1/4" coarse pocket hole screws.
If you can't find them locally, they are available at Amazon.
You will also need about (10) 1 1/4" weather-resistant wood screws. I used deck screws.
The Only Type of Pocket Hole Joinery is Right Angle.
The only pocket hole joinery used in this blue bird house plan is right angle joinery.
The photo shows the use of the Kreg right angle clamp. (Affiliate Link.)
In the photos on Page 2, which shows assembly of this bird house, you can see that I used this clamp often.
The Estimated Cost to Build This Blue Bird House Plan.
The total cost to build this blue bird house, when made with pine, is approximately $18.
This does not include the cost of hanging it or placing it on a pole.
If you would rather purchase one, you may do so at Amazon.
WE ARE READY TO START BUILDING!
Cut The Nine Pieces
for This Blue Bird House Plan.
The cut diagrams, included in the free woodworking PDF, have the cut diagrams for both the 1x10 and the 1x8 boards.
Use the Woodworking PDF to Mark All Your Pieces For the Next Steps.
This photo shows all the markings for the two main front pieces, as well as the back piece. The miter cuts on the front, back, and predator guard were made after the pieces were marked.
I marked the area where the floor will be attached. It makes it much easier to get the floor in the right position with the markings, and it is difficult to mark it after the box is almost fully assembled.
The entrance hole and the ventilation holes are also marked.
The Side Pieces Need to Be Mirror Images.
To be sure I made the side pieces mirror images, rather than identical, I marked those as well.
As you can see, the drainage "holes" have been cut on each corner of the floor.
The pocket holes in the floor piece are on each side and the back, but not on the front edge. However, to give the bluebird house as much stability as possible, I put 2 of the side pocket holes close to the front edge.
The Two Main Roof Pieces Also Need to Be Mirror Images.
The two pieces look identical in the photo because you cannot see the bevel cut across the top. But they are, in fact, mirror images.
The Roof Pieces Need a Bevel Cut Along the Top Edge.
The 1x2 roof piece will cover the "seam" between the two main roof pieces. To get that piece to lay flat the two main roof pieces need to be beveled at a 27.5 degree angle.
Detail the Opening Front Door.
The bottom piece for the front will open to allow access for clean out.
A notch is cut at the back of the top so that that piece can rotate down to open.
The fledgling ladder is also cut into the this piece starting about 1/2 inch above the floor (which was marked earlier).
With the Pieces Cut and Marked,
You Can Set Up Your Kreg Jig.
All of the wood used in this blue bird house plan is 3/4" thick. You set up your Kreg Jig to match that thickness of wood.
If you need a refresher on how to do that (it is easy), click on these instructions:
5 of the 9 Pieces Have Pocket Holes.
The free woodworking PDF shows where the pocket holes are to be drilled in each of these five pieces. If you marked all of your pieces earlier, this step will go very fast. (And it's fun!)
All of the Pocket Holes Are Drilled.
You are almost ready for assembly.
Use Your 1 1/2" Hole Bit to Drill the Entrance Holes.
I clamped the predator guard below the front top piece. I then drilled through the front top piece into the predator guard.
Then I used the mark created from that circle to finish drilling the entrance hole in the predator guard. (with a piece of scrap wood below that.)
Next Drill Your Ventilation Holes.
You want to drill the pocket holes before the ventilation holes to be sure there is no overlap.
I drilled the ventilation holes with a 5/8" spade bit, and put two of them between the pocket holes on the back piece.
If you don't have a spade bit, just use the largest regular drill bit in your set, and drill 3 or 4 of them. The goal here is to allow heat to escape near the top of the nesting box.
All of Your Pieces are Ready for Assembly!
See Page 2.
Page 2 of this blue bird house plan shows you the order in which this bird house MUST BE ASSEMBLED!
Click on this link, or on the photo, to go to assembly instruction page.
Download The Free PDF for These Blue Bird House Plans.
To download your free copy of this woodworking plan PDF, click on this link, or on the drawing on the right.
BIRD PLANS TO BUILD
WITH YOUR KREG JIG?
Need a Free Bird Feeder Plan?
This free bird feeder plan was developed by the Kreg Tool Company.
To learn more about it, and to get the link to download it, click here.
You may also click on the photo.
This is My Easiest Blue Bird House Plan.
This bird house plan has all straight cuts! No bevels! No Miters! This would be the best bluebird house plan for a beginner woodworker.
Click on this link, or on the photo, to see that plan.