Step 1 Cut the Wood to Size
To build this DIY birdhouse, you’ll need seven pieces of wood cut from a single 1x12-inch pine board, 6 feet long.
You’ll need to measure mark and cut:
- One 5 x 7-inch piece for the bottom of the birdhouse
- Two 5 x 5 1/2-inch pieces for the birdhouse side walls
- Two 7 1/4 x 11 1/2-inch pieces for the front and back panels
For the roof, you’ll need two pieces, each with a 31-degree beveled cut on one end so that when placed together, you’ll get a 62-degree roof peak. TO get this, from a square end of the board, measure and mark 9 1/2-inches. Adjust the bevel gauge on a circular saw to 31-degrees and make the cut. From the other square end of the board, measure and mark 8 3/4-inches and make the cut with the saw blade set at 31-degrees. Return the bevel setting on the saw to zero. Finally, measure, mark and cut both roof pieces so they are 8 1/2-inches wide.
Cut the 1 1/2-inch perch from a 5/16-inch wood dowel.