Side Mounted Birdhouse with Entrance Hole on Left or Right

A side mounted birdhouse for chickadees, nuthatches, wrens, titmice and swallows.
A cedar birdhouse for chickadees, nuthatches, wrens, titmice and swallows.
Side mounted birdhouse made with cedar
The volume and 1 3/8″ side entrance hole of the side mounted birdhouse will accommodate a broad range of bird species. It can be assembled with the entrance hole on either side and mounted on a wall, fence, or tree.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware. Drilling countersunk pilot holes in primary and regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces reduces a tendency for wood to split and makes for easy assembly in minutes with a power or hand held screwdriver.

Pilot holes in primary work pieces can be slightly larger diameter than pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This allows for easier screw-insertion into primary work pieces and alignment with secondary work pieces where screw threads must fasten more snugly.

For most of the bird species that are likely to use this nest box, install in or on an edge of a forest or grove on a tree or post with partial sun and shade between 4′ and 12′ high. Unless it is well concealed, out of reach is best. Also see each particular bird species page.

View or print nest box plans.
Plans and dimensions of side mounted birdhouse

Assembly

Safety First!

Assemble woodworking projects in a safe area.

Wear eye protection. Eye injuries are the most common serious injury.

Keep hardware and tools away from children and infants; store away when not in use.

View assembly instructions.
Decide whether entrance hole is to be on the left or right side of the nest box. See example photo and diagrams.

1. Align front panel (triangular piece with entrance hole) with base (largest piece) so that entrance hole is toward the top of the base. The top of the base has two extra pilot holes which accept screws to fix the roof.

Also align front panel with three holes in the base which are inset from the edge. The base can be flipped side for side and end for end as pilot holes are bored completely through. Note the front panel is inset from the edge of the base and the back panel is flush with the edge.

2. Attach front and back panels to the base with wood screws using a screwdriver. Back panel must be aligned so that pilot holes accept bottom panel screws. Leave screws loose until bird house if completely assembled.

3. Attach bottom panel to front and back panels with wood screws. Note extra pilot holes are on the end of the bottom panel.

4. Attach roof to the base and bottom panels.

5. Mount bird house securely with large screws through pilot holes in back panel.

Any of these birds may nest in this box. See each species page for mounting instructions.

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Side-mounted Birdhouse

Cedar birdhouse for chickadees, wrens, nuthatches, titmice and swallows.
The side mounted birdhouse will accommodate a broad range of bird species.

It can be assembled with the entrance hole on either side and mounted on a wall, fence, or tree.

Always use corrosion resistant screws and hardware. Drilling countersunk pilot holes in primary and regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces reduces a tendency for wood to split and makes for easy assembly in minutes with a power or hand held screwdriver.

Pilot holes in primary work pieces can be slightly larger diameter than pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This allows for easier screw-insertion into primary work pieces and alignment with secondary work pieces where screw threads must fasten more snugly.

For most of the bird species that are likely to use this nest box, install in or on an edge of a forest or grove on a tree or post with partial sun and shade between 4′ and 12′ high. Unless it is well concealed, out of reach is best. Also see each particular bird species page.

View and print birdhouse plans.
View or print side mounted birdhouse plans.
View or print side mounted nest box plans

Assembly

Safety First!

Assemble woodworking projects in a safe area.

Wear eye protection. Eye injuries are the most common serious injury.

Keep hardware and tools away from children and infants; store away when not in use.

Birdhouse assembly drawings.
Decide whether entrance hole is to be on the left or right side of the nest box. See example photo and diagrams.

1. Align front panel (triangular piece with entrance hole) with base (largest piece) so that entrance hole is toward the top of the base. The top of the base has two extra pilot holes which accept screws to fix the roof.

Also align front panel with three holes in the base which are inset from the edge. The base can be flipped side for side and end for end as pilot holes are bored completely through. Note the front panel is inset from the edge of the base and the back panel is flush with the edge.

2. Attach front and back panels to the base with wood screws using a screwdriver. Back panel must be aligned so that pilot holes accept bottom panel screws. Leave screws loose until bird house if completely assembled.

3. Attach bottom panel to front and back panels with wood screws. Note extra pilot holes are on the end of the bottom panel.

4. Attach roof to the base and bottom panels.

5. Mount bird house securely with large screws through pilot holes in back panel.

Any of these birds may nest in this box. See each species page for mounting instructions.

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