Make this whare wētā for your garden for less than $1
You will need
- 1 x pallet stringer
- 1 nail of 75 mm
- 1 x 40mm screw
- Wire to hang
- Quick-drying water-based primer undercoat
- Resene Parsley
- Lustacryl semi-gloss water-based enamel
Cost: $0.70 excluding Resene products.
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On the stringer (the stringers are the supports), cut two parallel 35 degree cuts spaced 240mm apart. The angle cut at the top allows rainwater to run off; the lower one prevents rainwater from clinging to the opening.
For the glass door, make a cut 8-10mm from the wide edge, cut three-quarters of the piece of wood. Next, cut the door piece with a 25 degree taper (to hold the door locked in place when closed).
Drill a 14-16mm entry hole in the bottom. Mark the negative space in the wood, then use a drill, chisel and hammer to carve it (but not too smooth as wētā needs something to attach to).
With the door in place, drill and fasten a screw in the lower left corner. For the door pin, drill a downward angled hole in the upper right corner of the door to the main body of the dock. Make it big enough to hold a nail.
Finally, make a hole in the top to pass a wire or string through so that you can hang your whare wētā in a tree. Paint the top to prevent moisture from penetrating the grain of the wood.