The Outhouse

Just for a laugh i made something a little different, The Outhouse / Dunny Box!

This box should provide quite a sturdy and solid home for native bees, something you could use as a feature in the garden and doesn’t need any extra protection from the weather.

Specs:

  • Timber: Cypress
  • Timber Thickness: 15 / 25 / 40mm
  • Design: Pillar?
  • Internal Volume: 6 – 7 litres
  • Brood Supports: Clear Acrylic and 4mm ply
  • Separator Plate: Clear Acrylic and 4mm ply
  • Coating: Oil and Clear
  • Weight: 19 kg

Using 40mm rough cypress…

Ripping each length in to four thin strips…

Keeping the rough surface will add to the character of the box…

Below – the inner frames are 25mm thick, the outside box is 15mm so that’s a wall thickness of 40mm.

Approximate volume for each frame is 2 litres

Tip – Always use a square and a flat surface when making frames. Repeat in your head – FLAT – SQUARE – STRAIGHT /  FLAT – SQUARE – STRAIGHT 🙂

The walls getting put together. I’ve routed a small 45 degree edge on each one to give a more defined line between each strip…

All walls together. I made a base frame to attach the walls to…

Walls and base frame attached…

I missed a few steps here where I made the front door, boots and roof…

Below

  • Attached walls to base
  • Door assembled and attached
  • Rusty tin roof attached
  • Boots made from wood

Below – inside frames and separator plates… each frame is a 2 litre volume.

The entrance is between the boots. The space between the frames and door is sealed when the door is closed, the bees can’t access that area. I didn’t think about this before but over time the bees may leave a sticky brown area around the entrance.. ohwell …

Outside wood is oiled and boots have been stained, it will all lighten up when out in the weather…

In the garden…

Close up…

 

Below – June 2017, i think it’s aging well…

 


The previous pillar box build page…