DIY Birdhouse

Birdhouse overview

One of the easiest things to build in woodworking and in fact a great starting project that many woodworkers start off with is a birdhouse. If you are a beginner at woodworking and want to build something new, a DIY Birdhouse is an excellent starting project. As Mother’s day began to approach I started to think of what could I get for my mother and mother-in-law when I came across a post that gave me a great idea. So I set out to build two very cool birdhouses.

The supplies

DIY birdhouse final thoughts

DIY birdhouses are all the rage and I can see why. They are quick easy and fun to build. I was able to include both the wife and child to help out.

I realize you can go to a home improvement store and buy a birdhouse that can get the job done. Here’s why I didn’t just buy them. First, a gift always means more when you made it (at least for moms :). Second, a store bought birdhouse will never live up to the durability that you can put into your own creations. Finally, you made it yourself. If you are reading this article and watched the above video, then you want to build it yourself.

Tools you need to build a birdhouse

First off I want to say, tools are just that… tools. For every tool you own, there is another tool that can do the same thing in maybe a different way and maybe requiring a different effort level. For example, a circular saw makes short work of big cross cuts, but you can do the same thing with a cross cut hand saw. Try to think outside the box when using your tools. If you struggle with few tools or inadequate tools, I’m right there with you. If you saw the video above you can see that my table saw is a joke. I use my circular saw for the majority of my cuts. I would love to own a Powermatic, Jet or a Delta Unisaw. But frankly, I also would love to have a jointer, planer and oh a big one I need is a drill press. My point is, don’t worry about the tools you don’t have and come up with reasons that you can’t accomplish something. Instead come up with ways that you can given the tools you do have (or can borrow). If you don’t believe me build this DIY Birdhouse and see how it turns out.

My last little rant to you new to be woodworkers. If this is your first time woodworking… don’t expect perfect results. It takes time and lots (and LOTS) of practice, but keep plugging away at it, keep safe and you’ll get there in no time.

Happy Birdhousing

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