Nest Box Week,

Apex Nest Box.

The materials required are an 8 inch board for the back and front. We used a cedar board. A base piece 5 1/2 wide and materials for the roof, pieces of bark or driftwood could be used or old shingles. A hanging batten, about 3" x 1/2". A few odd nails, 4 screws 1 1/2 inches long. Tools include an electric saw, a drill with a 1 1/4" and a 1/8" bit. A hammer and a screw driver.
The back and front are 14 inches long and 7 1/2 inches high, the width of the board. Mark the board along the bottom edge 14 inches and along the top edge 7 inches. Draw a line from the starting point to the top mark and also from the 14 inch mark, forming a pyramid effect. Cut out this piece.
Using it as a template, turn it upside down and cut the second piece. Use the off cut on the left as a pattern to cut a second piece, the fourth on the right. These can be used for a second, smaller nest box. The fifth piece shown on the right is waste.
In the front section, drill a 1 and a 1/4 inch hole in the centre and approximately 2 1/2 inches from the top. Two 1/8" holes can also be drilled along the bottom of both pieces to screw into the base.
Hold a piece of the material that is to be used for the base near the corner and just below the angle as shown. Mark this point and repeat at the other end, this will give you the length of the bottom. Cut the base to fit between the two marks.
The back and front can now be screwed onto the base.
The project should look like this at this point.
We used some left over shingles for the roof, allow a little overhang on the front, keep the back flush however. With no overhang at the back, an installation of a hanging batten can be added. Measure the size left to cover the roof and cut the two pieces about an inch over the size of the opening.
These pieces can all be nailed onto the back and front with small nails. Other materials, old weathered boards or driftwood, can be used in place of the shingles that we used. One of the top pieces can overlap the top piece on the other side to protect the inside from rain.
A hanging batten, 3" x 1/2" can be screwed onto the back. Allow two inches above and below the box for attaching it to a post or a tree. A piece of bark can be added for appearances if available.