This step by step woodworking project is about duck house nest box plans free. This is PART 3 of the duck house project, where I show you how to build the nesting boxes for the duck house. These plans are for a double nest box which comes with all the instructions you need for building it. See my other DIY projects HERE.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
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Duck House Nest Box Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 48″ long, 3 pieces – 18 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 12 3/4″ long, 3 pieces – 20″ long, 3 pieces – 21″ long FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 23″x48″ long FLOOR
- C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 20″x21 1/2″ long PARTITION
- D – 1 piece of T1-11 siding – 15 3/4″x48″ long, 2 pieces – 23″x21 1/2″ long WALLS
- E – 1 piece of T1-11 siding – 24 1/2″x52″ long, 10 sq ft of tar paper, 10 sq ft of asphalt shingles LID
- F – 10 sq ft of tar paper, 10 sq ft of asphalt shingles LID
- 5 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 1 piece of T1-11 siding – 4’x8′
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 10 sq ft of tar paper, 10 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- 2 hinges
- 2 1/2″ screws, 1 1/4″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 25 sq ft of tar paper, 25 sq ft of asphalt shingles
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Day
How to build nesting boxes for a duck house
First of all, you need to build the main frames for the nesting boxes. Cut the components from 2×2 lumber and assemble them with 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert the screws.
Build the rafters for the nesting boxes. Cut both ends of the 2×2 components with 75 degrees.
Assemble the frame of the nesting boxes by attaching the supports. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the supports.
Build the bottom and the partition for the nesting boxes.
Attach the nest box frame to the back of the duck house. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the frame of the coop.
Attach the partition and the bottom panel to the nest box. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws.
Attach T1-11 siding sheets to the sides of the nest box. Use 1 1/4″ brad nails to secure the side panels to the frame.
Next, attach the T1-11 siding panel to the back of the nest box.
Use 3/4″ plywood for the lid of the nest box. Use hinges to secure the lid to the wall.
Cover the nest box lid with tar paper and with asphalt shingles.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Make sure you apply a few coats of paint or stain to enhance the look of the coop and to protect the components from decay.
This duck coop is really sturdy and it provides ideal conditions for the ducks to grow healthy. Of course, you can make a few adjustments or modifications to my plans so the shelter suits your needs. Check out PART 1 and PART 2 so you learn how to build the main duck house.
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