Wooden Japanese Style Sword



Chuck Snyder Woodsmith

Bird House Assembly Instructions

Sailboat Parts:
  • Front 1 each
  • Back 1 each
  • Sides 2 each
  • Bottom 1 each
  • Roof  2 each
  • Steeple
  • Door
  • Perch
Sailboat Parts

Step 1: Assembling the Front Back and Sides.

Image of the Completed Sailboat.

The front of the bird house has a hole for the bird to enter, and unlike (if you look closely) the back does not have a hole.

Take a close look at the sides. While the height and width look similiar, there is a difference. While both will work, if the grain of the sides is vertical the nail holes in the roof and bottom will fit better.

Using finish nails, there are 4 holes drilled in the front and 4 in the back, nail the pieces to the sides.

My daughter and I just nailed the pieces together using 1 1/2" x 16 finish brads. They seem to work pretty well for the sides. That leaves 3/4" of the nail into the side.

Image of the Completed Sailboat.

I'm showing this image here. We nailed on the door (not sure what else to call it) after the bottom and roof were nailed on. This is a mistake. Nail on the door before the roof and the bottom.

With the roof on its awkward to keep from banging up the back of the roof, its not really stable for nailing.

With the bottom on, the kids will have a hard time nailing against the lip on the bottom.

Using 3 finish nails, or the original one had brass tacks that looked really good, nail the door in place. Be sure the bird openings align. Otherwise its pretty easy.

Image of the Completed Sailboat.

Time to nail on the bottom. There is a nail hole in the middle of the back. The holes (if anyone asks are drain holes, actually they are drawer fronts and to get the best cuts, I needed to leave the holes there, but drain holes would be helpful in a bird house) Glue and nail the bottom in place. There should be a little overhang in the front.

Put the bird house on the nailing stand and let the kids whack away.

When Dani and I assembled the bird house, it really helped to have someone hold the house stable while she nailed.

Image of the Completed Sailboat.

Nail on the first half of the roof. Four nails, two on each side.

Put the bird house on the nailing stand and let the kids whack away. Putting it back on the stand will set the roof level to the floor and hopefully make nailing a little easier

The Angled (45 degrees) goes to the top (where it will meet the other half) and the front and back overhang equal amounts. Be sure the top meets the point of the bird house on both front and back.

Use a little glue to help hold thing in place. The bird house will last a lot long without having pieces start coming off with a little glue.

Image of the Completed Sailboat.

Nail on the second half of the roof.

Before letting the kids start to whack away on the house, put a piece of wood or two if needed under the house to lift the top up a little. Otherswise the roof banks the nailing stand and it doesn't work well. See the photo.

Put glue on the peaks, and some where the two roof parts touch.

Nail the roof on with four finish nails.

Image of the Completed Sailboat.

Nail on the steeple.

Use the nailing stand if its helpful. If after looking at this, you want more stands, please contact me and I can make more in just a few minutes. They are not hard, and I've got the material on hand to make them.

Again, put some glue on the steeple, place on the roof towards the front, or wherever the kids want to put it, and nail it on.

The steeple has nail holes on both sides, I think it will stick better with two nails.

Image of the Completed Sailboat.

Gluing the Perch

Ok, I know you really don't need to know how to put glue in a hole, but this is a reminder. Put a little glue in the hold and hammer the 1/4" x 1.5" down into the hole.

Now the part the kids like the best, let them paint it to their hears content.

I gave my daughter about a dozen differnent colors to work with, so she painted it blue, with a glitterly steeple.

Image of the Completed Sailboat.

Well, that finishes up this project. Again, if you have any suggestion on making these instructions better, please e-mail me and let me know, I'd really appericate it.