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Easy diy BIRDHOUSE for kids

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buy the Materials. Everything you need is available at home centers. Buy a piece of lumber that’s 1 inch x 8 inches x 8 feet. You can buy a shorter board, but 8 feet long is what’s typically sold at home centers, and it’ll allow you to build two birdhouses. Cedar or redwood work best (we used cedar) since they’re naturally weather-resistant and durable. Make sure the wood is untreated. If cedar or redwood aren’t readily available in your area, pine will also work (although it may not last as long).You’ll also need 1-1/4 inch galvanized finishing nails, a 1/4-inch-diameter dowel, wood glue, and paint or stain. For tools you’ll need a tape measure, speed square or framing square, saw (a miter saw works best), paint brush, clamps, and a drill with 3/32-inch, 1/4-inch, and 1-1/2-inch spade, Forstner, or holesaw bits.Cut the Front and Back. The pieces need to be 9 x 7-1/4 inches. Since the board is actually 7-1/4 inch wide (rather than 8 inches), you won’t have to cut that dimension. Once the pieces are cut, make a vertical mark down the center of each. Then make 45-degree miter cuts along the top, from the centerline to the outside edges. If you’re using a miter saw, it’s easy. Just turn the saw to 45 degrees. These pieces are short, so be careful and clamp them to the saw base to keep your helper’s hands clear of the blade. For other saws, mark the 45-degree angles with your square, then make the cuts. Make your marks on the interior side of the wood so they won’t be visible when the project is finished; paint or stain won’t always cover pencil marks.Then measure and make a mark 1-1/2 inches from each edge along the bottom of both pieces. Make cuts from each mark to where the 45-degree cuts were made at the top. The front and back pieces now represent the shape of the birdhouse.Cut the Remaining Pieces. Cut the side pieces 5-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches. The sides will be a little shy of the roof to allow air to circulate. Cut one roof piece 6 x 7-1/4 inches, and the other 5-1/8 x 7-1/4 inches. Since the longer piece overlaps the shorter one, they’ll overhang the birdhouse the same distance. Finally, cut the bottom 5-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches, then make a miter cut on each corner 1/4 inch from each end. Having a gap at each corner gives places for water to run out when you clean the inside. Since the pieces are getting rather small, you can clamp them to a larger board when making the cuts to keep hands clear of the blade.
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