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Shopping List:

1 – 1×12 @ 4 feet long
2 – 72″ long cedar fence pickets
1 – 1×2 @ 2 feet long
2″ exterior wood screws


measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw
countersink drill bit

Cut List:

2 – 1×12 @ 16 1/2″ (longest point measurement, one end cut at 20 degrees off square)
1 – 1×12 @ 12″
2 – 1×2 @ 12″
4 – 5 1/2″ wide cedar fence pickets @ 13 1/2″ long
3 – 5 1/2″ wide cedar fence pickets @ 15 1/2″ long

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

I put this nesting box together with just 2″ screws and a countersink bit. NOTE: You can always raise the floor up too.

Step 2

Add the top supports.

Step 3

Now just add the cedar fence pickets to back and front.

On mine, I actually just used a scrap 1×4 for the front, but because you will have cedar fence picket scraps, I used those in the plans.

Step 4

And then just dry fit the roof boards on top. When you are happy, start at the bottom and work your way to the top.

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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