"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 dollar).
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 board:
- 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 sides)
- 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 shed roof)
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.
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