Thank you, I’m pleased with it, especially being able to see the entrance hole too. I’m waiting for the paint to dry on my other box I have made today then I will fit the camera.I have got some thin plywood to make the wall between the camera and the main box. Hopefully I will put that up tomorrow instead of that very first box I made.That’s me done then as I am working the rest of the week.
Reacquainted myself with Sketchup this morning (whilst I was supposed to be working ). Here's a rough idea of what is possible - it is very useful to help work out the dimensions required for the less obvious bits. This is only a rough idea - the pieces are there but dimensions need working on. It's very long/tall at the moment, because I want to have plenty of room for camera + other bits, and I plan to work out exactly where to put the camera for best view hopefully before building it. This model is based on 22mm stock.
If anyone wants to try Sketchup I strongly recommend it - it is free. Best to start with a tutorial (I like this one) otherwise you can end up tearing your hair out.
Hubby got a 'B' grade in Woodwork in 1969 so I'm sure he could make me a side view one, he made a fantastic Rabbit Hutch years ago but it was so sturdy nobody could lift it -jeez Good job he decided to do Electrics!!!! Nice box though Amanda you clever clogs!
All angles are 45 degrees Amanda. I wouldn't necessarily take any dimensions from this model as its just a rough idea. In particular it is too long I think, but I wanted to make sure there was enough room for the camera gear behind a false ceiling - you might do this bit differently. Easy to adjust those lenghts though just by subtracting the same amount from each. Can spin model and show other dimensions if you want.
I've just been catching up on here and found the bird box making very interesting. I find it quicker to buy the boxes now, but i think i will have a go at making one for next year. I returned the last one i bought as the roof was split. the overheating camera had to go back as well. If all the pieces are cut out it can be put together by children. A good idea for presents.
Hi Matt, Thanks for the offer and sorry for the slow response. The last wood that I got from the wood yard was 1.8cm, they put it through this sander thing, but I noticed it had splits in it. He did say that it can do that.
Please can you do one for 2cm. Once I can get the measurements perfect, I will build in cedar, which is so light. The measurements that Paul did, were perfect size for adding a camera and connections. (There is quite a big one with a POE camera)
Here you go Amanda. All wood is 2cm, inside dimension of base is 11cm x 8cm and all angles are either 45 or 90 degrees (or 135 degrees, if you want to be pedantic!). I can add measurements anywhere you need, but should be enough here. If you want to make the box longer/taller then you can just add a fixed value to long roof piece and three sides. Roof overhangs 3cm at front and 2cm at each side - obviously you can adjust to preference.
Front. Note hole is 28mm here, and measurements are shown to the centre of the hole. Bottom of hole is 125mm from internal base, which is RSPB guidelines:
Front again in x-ray view showing some internal dimensions:
Back (note that the side panel is the same size as front, just without the hole):
I watched some of the YouTube video last night and got my laptop out. I managed to make a base and use the ‘push’ thing to make the wood 2cm thick, then I didn’t have a clue how to make the mitre on the base. I gave up then as I knew I had work the next day. Can I just ask, what size are your front and back please? I can’t see what sizes to cut from the design
Amanda - quick question on paint! What kind did you use? Is it "nestboc safe"? If so, I really need to know which brand/type so that I can buy some. I've heard that water based latex is the way to go? Any thoughts?
Use Cuprinol Garden Shades Matt, I think Amanda used this aswell, I use it on all my boxes, Comes in all different colours its a waterbased paint plus as wax in so the rain bounces off. Gives 6 years protection.