I am by no means a crafty person. The Good Lord blessed me with a lot of skills, but working with my hands was not one of them. I have, however, collected a fair number of tools in my rather humble shop (hand-me-downs from my father, or presents, or just things I needed for other tasks), and I have been, on occasion, looking for inspiration to do something with those tools.
Most projects I come across are way out of my league so they were intimidating, so I never bothered trying. I didn't want to waste my time, or the wood, on something I'd likely screw up.
A week ago I stumbled across these plans for a $2 bird house, made from a single 5'x6" fence picket. This seemed both cheap enough to not care about screwing up, and easy enough for a beginner like myself to accomplish. I figured it would make a decent project to keep myself occupied over the Christmas break.
So I headed over to Home Depot and picked up 10 boards (at $1.56 a piece) and yesterday I set upon my mission. To turn this:
have such a cache, tho I purchased the birdhouse pre-built). So knowing how to do this would be handy in my secret life of geocaching. However for now I would stick to building a stock birdhouse and worry about making geocaches out of it for the next attempt (one reason for buying 10 pieces of wood).
I started by cutting up the wood (4 - 9", and 2 - 6" pieces).
Then I pieced the bits together using staples from a nail gun, some wood glue, and some clamps.
Once the glue had dried, I sanded up the outside of the house. Finally I put some paint on the outside (green exterior latex I had lying around for painting geocache containers). I left the inside raw wood, as my understanding is that this is healthier for birds.
This is the final product.
Not to shabby for my first attempt at woodworking, if I do say so myself. Next time I will likely skip the staples and go straight to screws, as they hold better. Otherwise I am happy.
I am going to let the paint cure, then mount it somewhere in my back yard - hopefully some bird will make use of it in the spring.
Now for my next trick: figure out how to make a door for a geocache...