Craft and Culture Fellow Project: John Polly creates Bluebird Nesting Box

Eastern Bluebird Nesting Box

By John Polly, 2020 Spring Appalachian Craft and Culture Fellow

I had a request to build an eastern bluebird box as a gift. I wanted it to be durable and used some eastern red cedar that was salvaged from a fence removed from a property.

This design is a combination of several options ready available on the internet. Following are a couple notes about this particular design. The boards were thickness planed to 0.75” and the finish was boiled linseed oil applied to the outside only. Not a lot of details are included with this project because critical dimensions are readily available on the internet.

I opted to design the operable side on the front for cleaning and inspection. The grooved cut in the lid allows fledglings a place for footholds according to some instructions. For the hinge I used a #6 finishing nail. The hole was drilled the exact size of the nail and the nail was cut off at 1.50”. The hole was drilled to 1.75” and when the nail was set the hinge could operate freely.

The latch consists of a #8 galvanized nail with an oversized hole at about a 20-degree angle downward. Notice the nail holes in the circle from the original fence.

 

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