Woodpeckers are small birds with long wings and short bills. They can be found in North America, Africa, Australia, and in Europe. This small bird has become known for its chirping and screeching calls. Because woodpeckers are so popular woodworkers love to make bird houses for them. If you’re looking for a woodpecker project you may want to consider building a woodpecker nest.
A woodpecker nest is fun to build. Start by framing your project with woodworking materials that are strong and will not warp. One of the best woodworking tools for this project is the woodpecker table. You will need a large table with an eight by ten inch base and a four by six inch table top. The purpose of the frame is to keep the woodpecker nest straight and the table top from sliding or tipping over.
Cut two pieces of scrap wood that are one inch longer than your woodpecker’s minimum height. Drill holes in the wood and attach the nesting material using screws or nails. Use a standard scale measurement to measure how much material you will need. Draw lines on the material to guide the screws or nails. You should be able to slide the frame through the bottom holes of the t-square.
Next attach the woodpeckers to the t-square using screws or nails. Use a laser engraved piece of cardboard to draw lines for the nesting area. After you have drawn lines make sure your woodpecker is within one and a half inches of the drawn line. The t-square needs to be adjusted for your height.
Once you have the woodpecker nest aligned with the t-square you will need to drill a series of small holes in the wood at different heights. You can use drywall anchors to do this. Drill up to 30 degree bevel into the wood to keep the woodpeckers secure. Then attach the nesting material and use the screws or nails to hold it in place.
If woodpeckers tend to move around the wood working area, consider a piece of dowel that is slightly larger than the woodpecker and place it between the woodpecker and the closest wall. This should help prevent the woodpecker from getting stuck while it is drilling. The dowel can be removed after each drilling session to allow access to the woodpecker.
If your woodpeckers tend to get stuck on things, consider drawing an ice pick or other narrow metal object onto a piece of cardboard and holding it above the woodpecker. Draw a straight line down the object in the direction of the woodpecker. Then attach the object to the top center of the wooden bar and let the woodpecker free itself. If done successfully, the woodpecker should fall off the hook without hitting the ground.
If woodpeckers are a constant problem, consider drawing circles around the woodpecker and placing a weight on the circle. This should remove the woodpecker from the area. This is the best approach for persistent woodpeckers. Woodworking projects involving woodpeckers should not become overwhelming or difficult, but fun for both woodworkers and the children who love them.
When using woodpeckers in woodworking projects, be sure that they are secure. A woodpecker toy or other small device may become attached to the workbench with its claws, which could result in the woodpecker damaging the project. To keep woodpeckers off of the table or floor, remember to place a drop cloth over the work surface before starting any project. These birds are known woodpeckers’ favorite targets.
While woodpeckers can wreak havoc on a woodworking project, they also make fabulous musical instruments! You can make birdseed balls for them to release in the springtime, or build a woodpecker tower for them to sharpen their claws and wings. Once they have developed their skills as woodpeckers, you can challenge them with the ability to make lovely songs. Woodpeckers are also good for bird watchers, as they often perch themselves on a bird feeder during bird watching.
It is not easy to own woodpeckers, as they are easily scared and defensive animals. Some woodpeckers will build a pecking order with other woodpeckers, and they will fight to the death if kept in confined spaces. This is why it is important to house these animals in safe, enclosed areas that they will not be disturbed. A bird cage, hanging space, or a woodpecker pen are great alternatives to a woodpecker home, as they keep the birdhouse secure and will allow you to socialize with him or her.
Woodpeckers make interesting and unique woodworking projects, but they can scare even the most skilled woodworker. Keep the bird safe and keep your woodpecker pens clean, and you will have many happy woodpeckers! Remember that if you are going to handle a woodpecker, treat it gently. If you find that you are in danger of injuring the bird, call humane society or animal control services immediately.