Deep Country by Neil Ansell

By Neil Ansell

Neil Ansell spent 5 years residing among the again of past and the center of nowhere, on his personal, without electrical energy, gasoline or water and successfully purely the natural world round him for corporation. His dilapidated cottage, rented for GBP100 consistent with 12 months, is so uncovered to the weather that it seems that to rain uphill, and so distant so that you can stroll for twenty miles west with no seeing a unmarried different living. because the years go he feels himself dissolving into, and turning into, simply one other a part of the landscape.

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Cut the parts to the dimensions listed in the cutting list. An easy way to cut the 45° bevels along the top edge of the roof and along the bottom edge of the floor is to first set the blade angle of your jigsaw to 45°. Use a combination square as a guide to help you steady the jigsaw as you cut, and work slowly across the board, letting the saw do the work. 2. Use a hole saw or a Forstner bit to bore a 1½″-dia. entrance hole in one of the sides. 3. Use glue and 15/8″ exterior-rated screws to attach the sides flush to the edges of the back; then fasten the roof and floor to the sides and back in the same fashion.

Holes for ventilation near the top edge of each side. 4. Use glue and 15/8″ exterior-rated screws to attach the sides flush to the inside face of the front. Note that this house does not use a swing-out side; instead, remove the top when you need to clean and inspect the birdhouse. indd 53 1/8/14 8:49 AM 1/8/14 9:07 AM Text • To keep swallows out, pair boxes 5–15 feet apart. That way, swallows will only take up residence in one box, leaving the other open for the bluebirds. 5½″ ½″ 18° c 8 14½″ 18° b 1¾″ (F39)_Job:01-40613 Title:Cool Springs-Easy Birdhouses & Feeders(213327) #175 Dtp:160 Page:54 54 e e 9½″ 10½″ A D 4″ ″ 4″ 5½ 4″ Text cutting list Key Quan.

While the glue dries, drill the entrance hole in the front panel. Start by drilling a 13/8″–wide hole 1″ below the top edge of the front panel (see illustration). Drill a second hole so that its bottom edge is 2¼″ down from the top edge of the hole you just drilled; then use a hammer and chisel to clean out the waste between the two holes. 4. Mount the front panel to the box assembly by driving 2″ ring-shank nails 2″ from the bottom edge of the sides through the sides and into the outer edges of the front piece—these nails will serve as hinges to open the box for cleaning and inspection.

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