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Basic Songbird Nest Box

 
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Materials
dot One 1x6" x 6' rough cedar board
dot Eighteen 1-1/4” outdoor wood screws or # 7 galvanized nails
dot Wire to keep side door shut

Lumber Detail

Lumber Detail

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Basic songbird nest box

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a Pivot screws work as hinges. To allow the side to open easily, the two pivot screws need to be level
b Loop wire around nails
c Holes for attaching box to a tree or post with nails, lag bolts, or wire.

Exact Entry Hole Dimensions
dot Chickadees 1inch to 11/8" *
dot House wrens 11/8" *
dot Violet-green swallows 1¼" *
dot Tree swallows 1¼"
dot Nuthatches 1¼" *
dot Bluebirds 1½"
* See Optional Entry Hole

 

Assembly Sequence

Assembly Sequence

* Optional Entry Hole

NOTE: This diamond-shaped entry hole is designed to prevent access by house sparrows. To work properly, it is extremely important that the final entry hole be made to these dimensions. To accommodate Violet-green Swallows, file down the area inside of the entry hole, as shown in the side view.

Option entry hole detail

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