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A fashionable new address that's strictly for the birds

With a few basic tools, paint and a little effort, do-it-yourselfers can add a nice spring touch to the yard or garden while giving the neighborhood birds a fashionable new address. Both the country birdhouse (left) and Victorian birdhouse (right) feature charming details such as stenciled flowers and vines, doors that open (for seasonal cleaning), shutters, chimneys, perches and bright color schemes.

A great family project, they're especially fun, easy and inexpensive to make. Materials include plywood, dowels, hinges, nails and glue as well as stencils and paint. The required cuts are mostly straight cuts, and all curved cuts are traced from full-size patterns.

Assembly calls only for gluing and nailing the pieces together. Once the houses are assembled, builders can follow the suggested painting schemes or create their own.

The Victorian birdhouse is about 18 inches tall by 12 inches wide by 10 inches deep. The country birdhouse is about 10 inches tall by 9 inches wide by 12 inches deep.

The plan for the two Birdhouses (with stencils), No. 859ST, is $12.95 and includes step-by-step directions with 17 photos, full-size traceable patterns, large plastic stencils, painting charts and materials lists and cutting schedules. Without stencils, the plan, No. 859, is $9.95. Two other birdhouse projects _ Noah's Ark and a Lighthouse _ are also available on one plan (No. 867) for $9.95. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $3.95. Prices include postage and handling.

Please allow about four weeks for delivery. For rush delivery, add $1 an item up to $3 maximum and allow about two weeks.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o the St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, CA 91409. To order by credit card, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the Web at http://www.u-bild.com.

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