Hello there! Last week, I got lost in the gardening section of the library and came away with three books on making birdhouses. Over the weekend, I made this cutie pie.
I didn't make this all by myself, of course. I did have help measuring, marking, gluing, nailing, and painting. I saved the sawing for myself, though.
The best part is I had all of the materials laying around my garage and crafty closet. I have enough scrap wood for at least a dozen more, I think. Now that I know the basics of constructing them, and what the birds supposedly like, I feel confident to make some more in different styles. I really like the thatched roof look. Very cute, even with my sad first attempt.
The main book I used is Rustic Birdhouses and Feeders by Colin McGhee. There were a few problems I found with the instructions for this particular house. Constructing it exactly as the directions state means the roof and base pieces don't fit. I was able to adjust, but it might be confusing to someone with no woodworking experience. I looked for some type of errata web page for the book but couldn't find one.
I didn't take a photo of the end with the hole, of course, but trust me, it's there. :-)
I also found this U of F webpage with information on nesting birds in Florida and what they like in a birdhouse. Very helpful.