Simple pvc birdhouses
First, I needed a basic ‘birdhouse’ shape. The fence post is 4″x4″x8′. I wanted a basic house shape with a 90 degree pitched roof. I have a 10″ compound miter saw. With the spindle and guard pivot there’s not enough blade to cut all the way through the post, so I had to make multiple cuts. I needed to take extra care to make sure everything lines up good. I used the edge of the miter saw as a guide to align the post as I made the cuts. I made a 45 degree cut in one side of the post then flipped the post 180 degrees and made another cut. Next I rotated the blade carriage 90 degrees and flipped the post around to align the end with the left hand edge of the saw and made another cut. I rotated the post 180 degrees and made the final cut. Now I had a house shaped piece that was cut from the end of the post. I also had two wedge shaped pieces and the rest of the post with a roof shaped cut in one end. The house shape was 7″ from the floor to the peak of the roof. I measured 7″ on the cut end of the post and cut it off. Finally I cut a 5″ piece of the post to make two roofs and two 3 7/8″ pieces of scrap wood to brace the roof.
I took the 5″ piece to the table saw and adjusted the blade height so it would cut into the PVC almost all the way while leaving a thin strip of material. The post is under a kind of internal tension. If you try to cut all the way through it lengthwise it will bind up on the blade and make an ugly cut. To make lengthwise cuts you have to score it with a saw and then use a utility knife to finish the job. After adjusting the blade height I set the rip fence. I want to cut the square piece into two ‘L’ shaped roof pieces. I set the fence just under 4″ from the blade and ran each cut through from both sides. See the pic above. I used a knife to complete the cut.
Finally I used a hole saw set to make the entrance holes. I made two different sized entrances to see which one the birds preferred. I used a bit of sandpaper to clean up the edge of the hole.
I know that many of you probably love birds, and since I love drawing birds, what better way to create a happy environment than to make a tutorial on drawing a birdhouse