This is my version of the Peterson Bluebird House I found on the USGS site here. I’ve had really good luck getting birds to nest in it and wanted to make a second one with a cooper roof. This one has a shingled roof.
I first measured and marked the lumber for cutting using measurements that were close to the measurements the USGS used for theirs. I like to estimate a lot when it comes to my measuring and change things up a bit.
I put a board behind the wood test fit and then traced out the front piece.
After cutting out the first side I traced it and cut a second duplicate of the first piece.
I drilled a 2 inch hole in one side of the front pieces. The hole was drilled almost completely through then was turned over and I finished drilling from the opposite side. This prevents the wood from breaking out on the backside. Also note that I used a scrap piece of wood behind the piece I drilled. This scrap piece also helps prevent breakout and drilling into your table.
Next the top and sides were cut into at an angle.
The angle pieces were then test fix.
After all the pieces were cut and the hole drilled the Peterson Bluebird House was ready for painting.
Everything got a good coat of white primer and then when that dried I painted everything a second time with white paint. Except the front and back pieces.
The Peterson Bluebird House front and back pieces were painted blue. The blue let the grain of the wood show through.
Now everything got nailed together. The front was nailed to the back piece.
Next the birdhouse back side and top were nailed on.
The bottom was put on with screws so that it could be removed later to clean out old birds nests.
Next a piece of cooper flashing was measured and cut for the bluebird house roof.
The edges of the cooper roof were folded over to eliminate the sharp edges.
The cooper was tacked onto the top of the birdhouse after applying some weather proof liquid nails.
The new Peterson Bluebird House was mounted on a column outside my garage.