Bird Houses

The first birdhouses I made since I was a kid were for the Sustainability Class at Yestermorrow’s Semester Program.  Using recycled materials the first design is a planer design in the modernist style.  Plywood, Polygal and Kreg-jig assembly, I realised it is probably not the best materials for the aviators.  The next design is patterned from the Audobon website.  Crafted of rough hewn pine for Eastern Bluebirds it is more practical and cozier for the species.  Bought two 8′ boards of Eastern Pine to make four a more.  Using the Kreg-jig pockets screws they should be near indestructible.  Gave all six away as holiday gifts.  Hope they hang them in the right location and height.


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  1. I used to make my own pocket hole jigs. Drill a hole into a uaqsre hardwood block, cut an appropriate angle off the block, and you’ve got your jig. This approach gives you maximum flexibility with the angle, hole diameter and stock size. Sometimes, it’s the best way to go. However, the downsides to this approach are numerous: you have to think alot (it takes some time to figure out the angle and offset), the wood jig gets sloppy after extended use and must be replaced, you need to drill twice for each hole (one countersink, and one for the screw).Enter the Kreg jig.Pros:o no thinking required (well, not about how to build the jig anyway).o easy to use.o high quality product. This is a very well made jig, built to tight tolerances. I expect it to last for a very long time.o the drill bit is also top quality if you’ve only used cheap disount bits you will be very pleasantly surprised to see how this fine Kreg bit performs.o instructions are clear, short, easy to follow.o works as well as advertised. Better than I expected, actually.o great support and product information at the kreg website.Cons:o you are limited to a single angle (about 15 degrees, I seem to recall).o you are limited to a single hole width (3/8 )Overall I am very pleased with this jig. It works well and is surprisingly pleasant to use.I’ve been using the Kreg screws with this jig and am very pleased with them they are the same high quality as the jig. You can use other screws but make sure they are self-drilling.I use any one of a number of my shop clamps to hold things in place they work well. I suspect the kreg clamps would work better but have not tried them, and am not inclined to do so at this time.You will need long reach robertson (square drive) screwdriver (or bit for your power driver). A 3 uaqsre drive bit with an extension will do, but a 6 bit is best. (These are available here on, and possibly at your local hardware store.)One last thing. Used appropriately pocket holes can be quite strong and durable, whether done with a home-made jig or the kreg.

    1. We have 2 kreg jigs in the shop set to different depths. We actually push the 3/4″ thicknes with 1-1/2″ screws( not the 1-1/4″ spec) with the collar pulled back a hair! I also pre drill to help the creeping that occurs when it pulls tight.

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