Build a Log Cabin Birdhouse

Attract birds to your backyard with this fun and stylish log cabin birdhouse.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 7″ x 8″ cedar floor board
  • 7″ x 9″ cedar roof board
  • 6 1/4″ x 9″ cedar roof board
  • About 50 1/2″ x 7″ straight branches (if you use branches found on the ground, make sure they are solid and not rotting. You can also use fresh branches that have been recently pruned.
  • 2 1/2″ x 8″ branches for the base of the porch
  • 1/2″ x 18″ branch that you will later cut for the porch, door and perch
  • 3/4″ x 9″ branch for the ridgepole
  • About 82 3/4″ brads (small nails)
  • 14 1″ brads for nailing on the ridgepole and roof
  • 3 1-1/4″ exterior wood screws for screwing the roof together
  • Pocketknife for trimming any burs from branches
  • Ripsaw
  • Crosscut saw
  • Pruning shears or fine-toothed saw for cutting branches
  • Drill
  • 1/16″ drill bit to predrill nail holes
  • 1/64″ drill bit to predrill screw holes
  • 1-1/2″ hole saw
  • 1/2″ hole saw
  • Countersink bit for setting the screws flush with the roof surface
  • 1/2″ cylinder rotary rasp for carving notches in branches
  • Small hammer
  •  Nail punch
  • Exterior wood glue for attaching the perch
  • Sandpaper for smoothing ends of branches
  • Paint and primer for the roof and floor

WHAT YOU’LL DO

birdhouse-11. Cut out all the parts of the birdhouse, including the branches. Prime and paint the roof and floor. Screw the roof together.

birdhouse-22. Using the rotary rasp, grind the branch notches as shown.

Notches should be 1/8″ deep and 1/2″ wide. They should be about 1/2″ in from the end.

birdhouse-33. Attached the first two 7″ branches by predrilling and nailing them to the floor.

Branches should be flush with the back of the floor and about 1/2″ in from the side. Leave a 1″ space at the front to make room for the porch.

birdhouse-44. Nail the 8″ porch branches to the floor and add the two 3″ crosspieces as shown.

birdhouse-55. Continue to add branches to the front, back and sides until you reach the eighth branch.

birdhouse-6

6. With the eighth branch, start angling the notches toward the peak. Each notch is 1/2″ in from the one below it as shown. Work your way up to the peak. Nail the door frame in place. Drill a 1 1/2″ hole about 3″ up from the floor within the door frame. Drill a 1/2″ hole below the larger hole and glue in the perch. Cut the gable ends as shown. Nail on the ridgepole.

birdhouse-77. Nail on the roof, and your birdhouse is complete.

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