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Use softwood. Cedar is beautiful, easy to work with, is often rough-cut, or simulated so for fencing, which is good for grip, and it endures. When fresh, it has a repellent effect on some insect pests. Pine is also a good, abundant softwood.

Hardwoods are difficult to work with, heavier and more suited to fine joinery used in furniture. It’s more work and not necessary.

 

For increased ventilation in warmer climates, floor and side panel corner gaps can be larger than plans specify.

Some woodworkers may prefer to drill strategically located holes for ventilation and leave floor panels whole.

 

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware. Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces (first piece the screw is inserted into). Drill regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces.

 

Hinges are suggested for easy access. Other methods for attaching roofs are just as good. However, most nest boxes are mounted out of reach for most people.

Birdhouse mounting, monitoring and maintenance on ladders are awkward chores that require “three hands”. Convenience increases safety when working at heights.

 

Robin Platform Shelter

The Robin platform has an 8″ by 8″ base, approximately an 8″ ceiling, an open front and partially open sides.

Make from cedar, pine, or almost any softwood.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and other hardware.

Robin Platform Shelter Made With Pine Wood

Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces (first work piece which the screws are inserted) and regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This reduces a tendency for wood to split and makes for easy assembly in minutes with a power or hand held screwdriver.

Nesting Platform Shelter Plans

Mount this platform on the side of a garage or shed over looking both open spaces and foliage in your back yard from seven to fifteen feet high where birds are safe from predators and they can survey a wide area from their roost.

Carefully select a location that provides a balance of protection from predators, elements, access and visibility. Make sure objects that cats and squirrels can climb do not provide access to the nest.

Do not mount in a tree. The purpose of a nesting platform is to simulate an isolated cliff crevice. A platform shelter mounted on a wall away from objects that help predators gain access serves this purpose.

Sometimes platform nesters like the shelter of a porch roof. If placement is under a roof or eave, try the open platform with no roof. See discussion on platform nesters and individual species pages.

Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Birds that May Nest in this Birdhouse

Visit the American robin species page.
Visit the blue jay species page.
Visit the mourning dove species page.
Visit the Say's phoebe species page.
Visit the eastern phoebe species page.
Visit the house finch species page.

Robin Platform Shelter

The Robin platform has an 8″ by 8″ base, approximately an 8″ ceiling, an open front and partially open sides.

Make from cedar, pine, or almost any softwood.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and other hardware.

Robin Platform Shelter Made with Pine Wood

Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces (first work piece which the screws are inserted) and regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This reduces a tendency for wood to split and makes for easy assembly in minutes with a power or hand held screwdriver.

Nesting Platform Shelter Plans

Mount this platform on the side of a garage or shed over looking both open spaces and foliage in your back yard from seven to fifteen feet high where birds are safe from predators and they can survey a wide area from their roost.

Carefully select a location that provides a balance of protection from predators, elements, access and visibility. Make sure objects that cats and squirrels can climb do not provide access to the nest.

Do not mount in a tree. The purpose of a nesting platform is to simulate an isolated cliff crevice. A platform shelter mounted on a wall away from objects that help predators gain access serves this purpose.

Sometimes platform nesters like the shelter of a porch roof. If placement is under a roof or eave, try the open platform with no roof. See discussion on platform nesters and individual species pages.

Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Birds that May Nest in this Birdhouse

Visit the American robin species page.
Visit the blue jay species page.
Visit the mourning dove species page.
Visit the Say's phoebe species page.
Visit the eastern phoebe species page.
Visit the house finch species page.

Robin Platform Shelter

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Robin Platform Shelter Made with Pine Wood

The Robin platform has an 8″ by 8″ base, approximately an 8″ ceiling, an open front and partially open sides.

Make from cedar, pine, or almost any softwood.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and other hardware.

Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces (first work piece in which the screws are inserted) and regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces.

This reduces a tendency for wood to split and makes for easy assembly in minutes with a power or hand held screwdriver.

Select to view/print Robin Nesting Platform Shelter Plans

Mount this platform on the side of a garage or shed over looking both open spaces and foliage in your back yard from seven to fifteen feet high where birds are safe from predators and they can survey a wide area from their roost.

Carefully select a location that provides a balance of protection from predators, elements, access and visibility.

Make sure objects that cats and squirrels can climb do not provide access to the nest.

Do not mount in a tree. The purpose of a nesting platform is to simulate an isolated cliff crevice. A platform shelter mounted on a wall away from objects that help predators gain access serves this purpose.

Sometimes platform nesters like the shelter of a porch roof. If placement is under a roof or eave, try the open platform with no roof. See discussion on platform nesters and individual species pages.

Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.​

Birds that May Nest in this Birdhouse

Visit the American robin species page.
Visit the blue jay species page.
Visit the mourning dove species page.
Visit the Say's phoebe species page.
Visit the eastern phoebe species page.
Visit the house finch species page.

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