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    Bird Boxes with cubs

    Hi all

    Am looking for any advice/info/tips on doing Burd Boxes wth around 30 cubs

    how many bird boxes do you think we need to do per Six?? We have a lot of kids and need the correct number of tools for them as if kids donít have anything to do itís gonna end up being mayhem

    so needs good planning
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    A fantastic activity: The Cubs made one box each and took them home once finished. I allowed 3 (non consecutive) evenings for making, staining and decorating them. I pre-cut the parts from wooden floor board. Label everything with the part name and then the Cub's names. The Cubs drilled, screwed, nailed and glued them together. We got them to take pictures once installed in their gardens, a few even had birds in them. It cost about £120 for 30 boxes.

    Make sure you have plenty of adult help; ask parents to bring in tools and drills, buy extra 3.5 mm drill bits for pilot holes. A 2 or 3 : 1 ratio when using saws and battery drills worked for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    A fantastic activity: The Cubs made one box each and took them home once finished. I.
    one each that sounds a lot of bird boxes. do you have the template you have used and how did you secure the kid
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    Quote Originally Posted by derekchambers View Post
    one each that sounds a lot of bird boxes. do you have the template you have used and how did you secure the kid
    Hi Derek
    If you PM me with an email address I'll send the plans over - won't be until Friday though. Secured the lid with a piece of roofing felt or car inner tube.
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    The RSB site has the plans ...... https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-lear...ild-a-birdbox/

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    Beware how much time it will take to prepare all the kits. We made bat boxes once and although the kids loved it, I seriously underestimated the amount of time it would take me to prepare 24 kits using half inch ply! At build time, it is very hard to keep them all on task even though we split them into small groups and rotated around different activities. Ensure you have lots of adults to help - we should have had twice as many as we did have.
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    Check they're not doing this at school. That scuppered my ideas of doing this activity.
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    Having done simple bird tables, my advice would be similar to Martin's... dont underestimate how long it takes to prepare the wood.

    We made wooden mazes more recently, and that took forever to prep the wood (we got the plywood cut up by Homebase, but the wooden battens took forever to saw)

    If you've got a small pack it might not be too bad - if you've got 30 thats a lot of wood to cut. Maybe worth seeing if you've got a parent whose in the carpentry trade as, with the proper tools, (e.g. a chop saw, or better still a table saw) it would be a much more straightforward job.
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    If you want free wood, find a large Homebase or Wickes that has a wood cutting service and ask the manager if you could have any off cuts. I got a whole boot full of bits and it was enough for 24 bird boxes and kept us in firewood for the rest of the year. They even game me a couple of packs of screws that had broken boxes.

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    Took me several hours with a chop saw to cut up 28 flat pack bird boxes - well worth the time, effort and expense, it was a cracking activity that really enthralled the Cubs and parents that came to help when we came to build the boxes. Took 3 cub evenings to compete everything.
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    We got a team of dads to come down one week and cut them all up - we're a Pack of 40. Each part labelled and drilled nail holes. Boys with toys as one mum described it - my saw/drill is bigger than yours etc, but who cares as it got the job done.

    We assembled over two consecutive weeks - it took most of the evening. (Don't forget carpet tiles to put beneath the boxes while hammering unless you want to be completely deaf afterwards) PM If you want design/photos etc
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