Rose Hughes shows how to build a cosy bug hotel to hang in a quiet corner of your garden.
You will need:
Cost: Approximately $40, excluding the paint.
Cut the timber. Narrow the sides, and floor to 150mm wide. Narrow the front 2 to 160mm. Sand well. Cut a 45-degree angle to one short edge of each side piece. Glue and clamp the floor in place between the two sides. Allow to dry.
Cut a 45-degree angle to one short edge of each roof piece. Glue and clamp the roof angles together. Allow to dry. Attach 2 angle brackets to the inner face of the roof 60mm in from the edges.
Mark the inside of the side 125mm up from the floor. Mark the centre of the front. With the carcass lying flat, slide the front down to meet the side mark. Centre the roof and mark the shape on the front. Cut the angles. Glue the front into position and clamp. Allow to dry.
Step four continued... Attach the roof with wood glue and allow to dry. Insert the bamboo. Attach a picture hanger to the back. Make a sign (optional) and hang off small hooks inserted into the roof.
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