How Do You Build a Wooden Duck House?


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A wooden duck house is built using weather-resistant wood and some common tools such as a jigsaw, screwdriver and handsaw. The duck house attracts cavity nesting ducks such as wood ducks, Barrow's goldeneyes and buffleheads.

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The tools needed to build a wooden duck box are a handsaw or table saw with a 1/2-inch bit, jigsaw, and screwdriver. You also need sandpaper, a pencil, measuring tape and a straight-edge. Weather-resistant wood such as cedar is recommended for the project.

Cut six pieces of wood to the following measurements. The back panel should be cut to 31 inches by 9.25 inches. Cut three panels for the side, front, and door to 23.5 inches by 9.25 inches. Cut a fifth piece for the floor to 9.25 inches by 7.75 inches. Cut the final piece for the roof to measure 9.25 inches x 14 inches.

Attach the back panel to the side panel with four screws. Drill several 1/2-inch drainage holes in the floor panel, then connect it to the back and side panels with two screws each. Using the pencil, draw an oval measuring 4 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches on the front panel. Drill a hole into the oval, then use the jigsaw to cut along the pencil mark.

Attach the front panel with six screws. Fasten the door at the top with one screw in the front and one in the back to create a hinge for cleaning out the duck house. Attach the roof with six screws from the top and three screws from the back. The National Wildlife Federation provides visuals to accompany these directions.

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