Home / Reviews / Books / Easy to Build Birdhouses A Natural Approach-Book Review

Easy to Build Birdhouses A Natural Approach-Book Review

  • 4/4
  • 1 rating
1 ratingX

I love all things BIRD.  There, I said it.  I like birds, birdhouses, bird feeders, bird baths, bird stores, and most of all I enjoy making some of these things.  Surprisingly though, I’ve never bought a project book of just bird houses(although many of the books I have include some plans).  I picked up the book Easy to Build Birdhouses – A Natural Approach: Must Know Info to Attract and Keep the Birds You Want (Popular Woodworking) at Amazon for a really reasonable price.  I have thoroughly enjoyed making several of the projects that are listed in here.  All of the plans for the projects I’ve built have been spot on, and the book really has a wide variety of projects to make.  The author, A.J. Hamler has also included several “fun designs” in the book as well.  I haven’t tackled any of these, but look forward to trying some of them.  The book also includes a good intro guide to different size birds for different size houses.  It includes a handy supplier list and index.

To date I’ve built five of these:

  • The Bat House – Although I can’t get any bats in there to save my life.
  • The Butterfly House – This was an easy and quick project.
  • The Gravity Feeder – This was a fun one, first time I’ve ever used plexiglass in a project.  Turns out it’s a snap (literally) to use.
  • Suet Feeder – This uses so little wood, that I made three at the same time and gave them away as Christmas Presents
  • Hummingbird Feeder – This was easy and neat to make.  I made three of these at the same time and gave away extras as presents.

The book includes plans and simple instructions for 26 projects.  The author breaks them down into three types of projects:

Traditional Bird Houses

  • Traditional Bluebird Box
  • Peterson Bluebird House
  • Finch House
  • Tree-Swallow House
  • Wood Duck House
  • Pipe Box


  • Wren House
  • Purple martin Condo
  • Bat House
  • Butterfly House
  • Nesting Shelf
  • Chickadee House

Bird Feeders

  • Gravity Feeder
  • Finch Feeder
  • Suet Feeder
  • Hummingbird Feeder
  • Squirrel Feeder

Fun Bird Houses

  • Helmet House
  • Rocket House
  • The Old Woman’s Shoe
  • Outhouse
  • Lighthouse
  • House Trailer Birdhouse
  • Dog House
  • Camera House
  • Cottage


Enter your email if you want a free subscription to this site(we’ll never share your email):


One comment

  1. Daris….

    Thanks for the kind words about the book. Glad you’re enjoying the projects!


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Send this to a friend