A Birdhouse Project for an Enchanted Garden

In woodworking by andrew


A local non-profit, Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, is hosting a dinner and entertainment celebration in order to raise funding and awareness for a new 34,000 sq. ft. private-room hospice facilty they plan to build in Connecticut. Local area artisans, craftsmen and businesses were contacted to donate, either providing a birdhouse kit or building one specifically.

We took this opportunity to dust off our shop tools and build a weather-resistant birdhouse, using exotic woods, rust-proof fasteners and solid joinery techniques for a lasting design. This birdhouse is a fully-functional piece, built to the specs of several Connecticut birds. It contains an operable side panel for ease of cleaning, a floating roof design for proper ventilation, simulated clapboard siding and a sturdy, modern design.

Materials used for the construction were White Cedar, Purpleheart, Bubinga and Mahogany woods. Stainless steel screws and polyurethane glue were used in conjunction with biscuit and pocket hole screw joinery techniques. While all the materials used for the construction of the birdhouse, we did apply several coats of polyurethane to provide further protection from the elements and to also enhance the beautiful colors of the woods.