"The General Store"
Wood birdhouses are very easy to build and are excellent projects for
people just getting into woodworking (and for people who love birds). The general store birdhouse gets his name because it has the look of
the store front of an old western style general store.
It was made from a single 1" x 4" cedar fence board. It took less than
five minutes to build and, since the fence board was used, the only cost was
the brads and wire that it took to hang it from the tree (less than a
|The "General Store"
Building the "General Store" Wood Birdhouse
This birdhouse can be built with a single 1" x 4" fence board. Use
your miter saw or circular saw to cut the following pieces from the fence
- One 7" x 4" piece (the base)
- One 8" x 4" piece (the "store front")
- Two 6" x 4" pieces with 15 degree angle cut at one end (the
- One 4 3/4" x 4" piece (the back)
- One 6" x 4" piece with 15 degree bevel cut at one end (the roof)
- One 2" x 4" piece with 15 degree bevel cut at one end (the front
Once the above pieces are cut, assembly is easy. Follow the
instructions below to attach all of the parts to assemble the birdhouse.
I used a pneumatic brad stapler with 1 1/4" brads to fasten the pieces.
Step 1 - attach the back end-piece to the base of the
birdhouse. This piece is to be attached to the top of the
base as shown in the diagram. I cut 45 degree angles on
the front corners of the base for looks.
Step 2 - attach the sides as shown in this diagram.
Nail the side pieces from the underside of the base, and from
the back piece of the birdhouse.
Step 3 - attach the front as shown in the
diagram. (the view angle in the diagram is as if you are
looking at the front of the "store front", almost upside-down).
Step 4 - attach the back roof and front
roof as shown in the diagram. Align the shed roof piece with the back roof
piece and nail it in place. Drill a 1 1/4" hole in the front so that birds can get in and
out, and attach an aluminum wire to the top so that you can hang
it from a tree.
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