A DIY from actor, John Ratzenberger.


  • Sturdy wood construction using 1" rough-cut boards or plywood (exterior-grade
  • Drill 1-3/8" to 1-1/2" entrance holes to keep larger birds out.
  • Entrance hole should be centered about 7" above floor panel.
  • Use wood glue and 1 1/2" nails to fasten panels together
  • Roof should slope down and overlap sides and fronts to reduce exposure to rain and make it harder for predators to reach inside.
  • Metal hinge fastened to top panel, allows top to swing open for easy checking of box contents and cleaning.
  • Floors recessed to minimize interior wetness.
  • Unpainted interiors
  • Roughened, kerfed, or cleated front interiors to provide nestling footholds.
  • No outside perches at the entrance holes that could aid predators.

Wood Panel Measurements

Stationary Piece: 10" by 5"

Swinging Side: 11" by 5"

Front Piece with a 1.5" hole: 10" by 6.5" by 7.5"

Back with 4 small holes for mounting wires: 11" by 6.5"

Floor Piece with corners cut: 5.5" by 5.5"

Roof: 7.5" by 7.5"

Return to the Episode Guide >>

Check out more fun DIY projects at the Home & Family Pinterest Page

How to Start a Garden
How to Start a Garden