Box Perches

Box Perches

 

For a 15 spot perch cut the following from 1×4 material

4 pieces – 25 1/5″

4 pieces – 43″

2 pieces – 27″

 

Set aside two of the 43″ boards and the two 27″ boards. These will be used to make the outside edge of the box and don’t need notched.

 

Notch the 25.5″ boards on the following measurements. The notches should be 1.75″ deep.

8 1/8 to 8 7/8

16 7/8 to 17 5/8

 

Notch the 43″ boards on the following measurements.

8 1/8 to 8 7/8

16 7/8 to 17 5/8

25 1/2 to 26 1/4

34 1/4 to 35

 

Lay the 43″ boards on their back, notches up. Place the 25.5 inch boards with their notches down, meshing with the upturned notches. Gently work the notches together. If not a good fit, make the offending notch a little bigger.

 

Now place a 43″ board along the outside edge and a 27″ board across the top. The 27″ board goes across the end of all 43″ boards including the outside ones. Nail at corner to make square. Now nail it to the ends of the assembled “cross pieces”. Attach the other long side and bottom piece.

 

You have a box perch!

 

For a 25-spot perch cut the following from 1×4 material.

10 pieces – 43” long

2 pieces – 44 ½” long

 

Set aside two of the 43” boards and the two 44 ½” boards.   These will be sed to make the outside edge of the box and don’t need notched.

Not the remaining 8 boards on the following measurements.  The notches should be 1.75” deep.

8 1/8 to 8 7/8

16 7/8 to 17 5/8

25 ½ to 26 ¼

34 ¼ to 35

 

Lay 4 of the 43” boards on their back, notches up.  Place the other 4 notched boards with their notches down, meshing with the upturned notches.  Gently work the notches together.  If not a good fit, make the offending notch a little bigger.

Now place an unnotched 43” board along the outside edge and an unnotched 44 ½ board across the top.  Nail at corner to make square.  Now nail it to the ends of the assembled “cross pieces”.  Attach the other long side and bottom piece.

Install the metal corner brackets on all sides and the T’s on the top.

You now have a completed box perch!