DIY - Squirrel House

Umm.. Hello. Meatball here with some simple plans for a Squirrel House. They’re a bit crazy, but always fun to watch, so I figured why not put my skills to use and give the little fellah’s a cozy place to rest.



As with all of my DIY projects, I’m not a professional, just a little dog that likes to make things. These plans require knowledge of power tools. If you don’t feel comfortable taking on any of these steps, or using any of the tools I suggest please don’t. I'll be honest and admit that Dad helped me with the cutting. Squirrels like nuts, not finger tips, so practice safety first!


DIY - Squirrel House

Supplies

Pine Plank – actual measurements 9 ¼ x ¾

Cedar Fence Plank – actual measurements 5 ½ x ½

Small L bracket 1”

#8 -1 ¼ wood screw

#6 – ½ wood screw

Hinge 2 piece

Slide Latch

Recommended tools:

Table Saw

Miter Chop Saw

Drill

3/32 drill bit

4” hole saw – or jig saw

Pine:

Back-

Set table saw to 30deg and rip top edge

· From top edge cut 23” to length

Front-

With table saw at 30deg rip second piece

· From top edge cut 19 ¼” to length

Cedar:

Right Side-

Set Miter Chop Saw to 30deg

· Cut to 30deg

Set Miter Chop Saw back to 0deg

· Cut from top Corner to 21 ¾”

Left Side-Top- (2 pieces)

Set Miter Chop to 30deg

· Cut to 30deg

Set Miter Chop Saw back to 0deg

· Cut from top Corner to 9”

Drill 4” hole in one for door opening – center to board -bottom edge of hole 1 ½ up from base of panel

Left Side- Porch Platform

With Miter Chop Saw at 0deg

· Cut plank to 11”

Left Side- Bottom-

With Miter Chop Saw at 0deg

· Cut plank to 11”

Bottom

With Miter Chop Saw at 0deg

· Cut plank to 15”

Roof

With Miter Chop Saw at 0deg

· Cut plank to 23”

Rip on table saw as close as safely possible – to trim 1 long edge at 30deg



All screws 1 ¼” unless otherwise specified

Lay down Back Panel with long edge (back) facing up. Place a couple of scrap pieces of wood under for drilling, so you don’t drill into your work table. Be sure when screwing in to not overtighten and split wood.

On Back Panel, scribe ¼” on sides and bottom with pencil

Using 3/32” bit drill pilot holes from top

Left Edge: 2”, 9”, 14”, 21”

Right Edge: 2”, 5”, 8”, 15, 18”

Bottom Edge: 1 ½”, 3 ½”, 6 ½”, 8 ½”



Hang one edge off table and clamp into place or use scrap wood to carefully balance and screw in the Right Side Panel (21 3/4”) – to the left of your back piece. (since you’re viewing from the back) Aligned to top, bottom edge of back panel to continue the 30 deg angle.

Screw on Bottom Plank (when viewing from back) right edge will stick out past back panel.

Screw in Top Left Panel with hole (9”) Aligned to top, bottom edge of back panel to continue the 30 deg angle.





On Back Panel scribe center line for side platform at 9 ¾” from back panel top edge

· Drill pilot holes at 1” and 4 ¼” from Right side

With 5 ½” of Porch Platform Panel (11”) sticking out to the right (when viewing from the back) screw into place – being sure to keep at 90deg

Turn over, place Front Panel siting upward

Scribe from sides ¼”

Drill pilot holes 1 ½” from each top and bottom edges

Make sure sides are in alignment with Front Panel and screw into place

On Porch bottom side, scribe ¼” from outside edge

Drill pilot holes at 1” and 4 ½”

Attach Side Panel (9”) to Porch



Bottom side of Porch mark ½” from Back Panel outside edge