Upscale Martin House
Coopered construction and durable materials combine to create an eye-catching home for these social birds.
This birdhouse is more like a luxury high-rise apartment than a single-family home. The 12 compartments are geared for the needs of purple martins. They live together in large colonies and feed on insects. A 12-unit martin house is definitely on the larger size for birdhouses. But that doesn’t mean it should be heavy. We used lightweight (but strong) cypress and coopered construction to form the round shell. Round balconies and a perch rail wrap around each of the three levels. Inside, 1/4" exterior-grade plywood makes up the floors and walls. There’s also a unique ventilation system to keep the compartments dry and cozy. To cap things off, the overhanging roof offers up a few challenges for making the parts and then gluing them up into a solid, water-tight assembly.
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What You Get:
- 14 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
- 100 full-color photos and illustrations and exploded views
- Cutting diagram and materials list
- Full-size pattern for the curved parts
- Retail sources for project supplies
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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.