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bird house bath shelf woodworking plans

Added/Modified on August 1, 2016
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Shopping List:

1 – 1×6 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long
Plywood or beadboard scrap 24″ x 13 3/4″
1 1/4″ and 2″ finish nails
wood glue


measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
compound miter saw

Cut List:

2 – 1×6 @ 12 1/2″ long (longest point measurement with top end beveled at 30 degrees off square)
1 – 1×6 @ 22 1/2″
2 – 1×6 @ 16 1/4″ (top end beveled at 30 degrees off square, longest point measurement)
1 – 1/4″ plywood (I used beadboard scrap) 24″ x 13 3/4″
2 – 1×2 @ 16 1/4″ (top end ANGLED at 30 degrees off square, longest point measurement)
2 – 1×2 @ 25″

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain.

Step 1

Cut out the sides with a jigsaw, keeping in mind the top bevels need to stay beveling upward, so the two sides are actually cut in MIRROR. I used a drill bit to drill out the 1×2 towel bar opening in all the corners, and then connected the dots. This was actually more difficult than it seems, so perhaps practice first on a scrap. Sand the two jigsaw cut edges now to make match and smooth.

Step 2

With the two ends beveling upward at tops, attach shelf. I just nailed and glued.

Step 3

Mark the top “roof” pieces on the underside and top side so you know where to attach and line up. If you have the back plywood piece cut, you can also use it as a pattern by laying the shelf on top and matching edges. Attach with nails and glue. Also check to make sure the top angles match the angles for the trim you attach in step 5.

Step 4

Attach back with 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue.

Step 5

Now add trim to front of shelf roof.

Step 6

For the ledge, I just glued and nailed on, overhanging ends 1/2″.

Step 7

Thread the towel rod through and glue in place and you are done!

Step 8

Here’s the option for the coat hooks as well. I’d recommend the double robe hooks here, as you may not have enough space for the larger hooks as shown.

Finishing Instructions:

Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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