Building A Birdhouse

last updated 2020-11-22 21:10:34 by Simon Vandevelde

In the summer of 2019, my parents bought a new weather station. This weather station works in two parts: * A central unit, which receives all kinds of information via radio waves from somewhere in Germany. * An external probe, which is to be placed outside and measures everything there. The problem with the external probe however, is that it has to be placed in a very specific place. It could not handle direct sunlight (it would show unreliable temperatures as well), it can't handle direct or most indirect rain, it needed to be somewhere were there was wind, ... Because we didn't have a place which met all those requirements, I decided to build a Stevenson Screen disguised as a functional birdhouse to hide the probe. Because I like going overkill on these types of project, I first drew a 3D model in FreeCAD. I looked up the dimensions for a birdhouse for the blue tit (cause I've seen a few of them around before) and adjusted the dimensions to also fit my probe unit. When modelling, I took care that every plank in the build had the same width: this way, I wouldn't have to worry about cutting multiple widths or heights. I only had to cut planks 16cm wide, and then I could cut smaller planks easily. Then I bought the planks, sawed them to the right sizes, put them together using dowels, splashed on some wood stain on the outside and voila. I finished the birdhouse in the summer of 2019, and hopefully there will be a starting bird family in it by May 2020! If any birds decide to settle in it, I may try to put in a raspberry pi and a camera for the year afterwards, to set up a livestream.