Birdhouse Project (for ages 8 and up) In The Carpenter’s Gift, young Henry uses his hammer to build many projects. When his wish for a warm and decent house for his family comes true thanks to new friends and volunteers, Henry is inspired to become a good carpenter, too. With a little bit of help, you can build a birdhouse like Henry does. Here’s what you will need. Diagram A Building time 2-3 hours Materials • Wood scraps to be cut to dimensions in chart below • 1 box of 5d nails • 1 1/2-inch hole saw for drill • Circular or hand saw • Hammer • Tape measure • Pencil • Sandpaper • Paint/stain to decorate Instructions 1. Cut all pieces of wood before starting. Diagram B PIECE NAME Front/Back Sides Bottom Top Completed birdhouse QUANTITY LUMBER SIZE 2 2 1 1 1 x 4 1 x 6 1 x 6 1 x 8 10 inches 10 inches 6 inches 8 inches 2. On the front piece, measure 2 inches across and mark. Measure 3 inches down and mark. This will be the center of your hole. 3. Use the hole saw to drill a 1 1/2-inch diameter hole. (See Diagram A.) 4. Using nails, assemble front, sides and back. (See Diagram B.) 5. Using nails, attach the 6-inch bottom piece piece to the end farthest from the hole. 6. Using nails, attach the 8-inch top piece. Make sure to leave a 2-inch overhang on the front and both sides. The back should be flush. (See Diagram C.) 7. Use your sandpaper to smooth any rough edges. 8. Paint or decorate your birdhouse as desired. Diagram C Tips for hanging your birdhouse Drill a small hole near the top of the back of the birdhouse so that you can use a nail to hang. Research the types of birds that might like your birdhouse. Hang it in an area of your yard where you have seen those birds. Enjoy! Illustrations from The Carpenter’s Gift by David Rubel, copyright ©2011 by Jim LaMarche. Reprinted by permission of Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House Inc.
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