Nest Box Week,

The Plain One.

The materials required are a 6 x 1 inch board for the back, the front and the sides. We used a cedar fencing board. One other piece for the roof, 8" x 7 and 1/2 inches . Again, bark or driftwood could be used. A few 2" nails, 4 screws 1 and 1/2" long. Tools include an electric saw, a drill and a 1 and 1/4" bit and one an 1/8". A hammer and screw driver.
Cut the 2 sides out of the board. The back height is 9" and the front 8". Put one piece on top of the other and drill an 1/8" hole in the centre and 3/8" from the bottom through both pieces. Drill another on the short side, an inch down and 3/8" from the edge.
Cut the front 8" long. A 1 and 1/4 inch hole can be drilled in this front section in the centre and 2 and 1/2 inches from the top. Cut the back 8 and 1/2" long, this will keep it below the angle of the sides for the roof to fit flat. Cut the base 4 and a 1/4 inches long. Cut a little piece off each corner, this will allow for a little fresh air to enter.
Nail the two sides on to the back with 2" nails.
Screw the bottom in place through the sides and another screw through the back as shown.
So far it should look like this.
In the 2 pre drilled holes in the front of the side sections, drive in a 1 and a 1/2 inch round headed nail. This will act as a pivoting point to lift up the front for cleaning.
In the pre drilled hole in the bottom of the front section, use a 1 and 1/2 inch screw and screw it into the bottom, does not have to go all the way in. Unscrew it to lift up the door. By lifting the door it can be secured to a fence or tree by screws through the back panel.
For the roof, any suitable material can be used. Here we have a piece of tree bark and another piece of cedar. Cut the material that you use to fit the roof with a little over hang on the two sides and the front.
Nail the roof on to the back and sides only.