One-of-a-kind ornaments made of wood: Nesting box

Building a nesting box is fun, especially with the kids. It’s a great way to learn about working with tools, nature and animals. Here’s how you can build a nesting box with a little skill.

Protective clothing

Even occasional wood artists need the right protective equipment when working with a chain saw. Protection begins with your head. Always wear safety goggles or face protection and “personal” ear protection, such as ear plugs. Be sure to wear a helmet if you work in the woods. You should also protect your hands and legs appropriately. Wear work gloves, trousers with cut protection and boots with cut protection.

Find out more about protective equipment for using a chain saw here.

Please note that in certain countries, there may be specific requirements regarding personal protective equipment and that personal protective equipment is not a substitute for safe working technique. You should therefore necessarily pay attention to the operating instructions of your device.

Find out more about using a chain saw safely here.


Step 1: What you need

  • Round log, approx. 20 cm in diameter
  • Hammer and nails (60–80 mm)
  • Electric drill (25–30 mm drill)
  • Sawhorse
  • STIHL chain saw
  • Personal protective equipment (see above)


Step 2: Remove the core from the log

Secure the log to the sawhorse and remove its core. First, make parallel cuts on the right and left side that are approx. 20 cm deep. Rotate the log 90 degrees and repeat.

Watch out!

This method increases the risk of recoil. Always observe the safety instructions in the manual and only use this method if you have experience.


Step 3: Separate the base

Separate the base from the rest of the log by splitting it off. Use a slanting cut for where you will add the roof later.
Then split off a piece of wood about 3 cm thick with a straight, vertical cut for the bottom of the box.


Step 4: Saw off the roof

Saw off the roof from the rest of the log with two vertical cuts. Keep in mind that the roof must be longer (approx. 30 cm in total) than the diameter of the base to prevent rain from coming in through the bird hole.


Step 5: Drill the bird hole

Now it’s time to drill the bird hole. The correct diameter depends on the type of bird. Blue tits prefer a 28 mm hole, while the great tit prefers 32 mm.


Step 6: Nail the floor on

Nail the floor securely to the base.


Step 7: Attach the roof

Attach the roof, and there you have it: a finished nesting box!


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