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Build the birdfeeder shown on the right with just a few tools using scraps laying around your shop!


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Building a bird feeder like the one above is a project that can be fun and practical.   This simple, but sturdy bird feeder has clear, plastic sides to view feed levels and holds about six pounds of feed.  It allows for gravity feeding, and the hinged roof allows for easy filling, and this feeder has plenty of room for hungry birds.  You can build this bird feeder practically for free with the materials laying around a building site or your workshop; I used some 3/4" exterior plywood and siding left over from a building project plus a 7/16" dowel rod.  I did purchase the 1/8" plastic sheeting and eye bolts! 

Material List:

3/4 inch thick wood or plywood to build the following:

  • (2 pieces) 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 14 1/2"
  • (2 pieces) 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 12"
  • (2 pieces) 3/4" x 6 3/4" x 8 5/8" for the base structure.

Use pine if you wish to paint and/or seal and finish to protect against weather or use cedar or treated wood.

(1) Piece of 1/4" exterior siding x 8 1/2" x 16" for the bottom panel; or cedar/treated wood.

(2) Pieces of 1/4" exterior siding x 5 3/4" x 17 1/2" for the roof; or cedar/treated wood.

(2) Pieces of 7/16" dowel rod @ 16" for the bird's standing rod.

(1) Piece of clear plastic; 18" x 12"

One pair of hinges, three "S" hooks, two eye bolts with four washers and nuts, and a length of chain @ 36".

(48) 1 5/8"  and 1" deck screws.

Step 1, Cut and Assemble the Base Pieces - Select 3/4" Stock; rip it to 2 1/4":

  • Cut two pieces @ 14 1/2" for the front/back base
  • Cut two pieces @ 12" for the left/right base
  • Select Piece of 1/4" exterior siding and cut it to  8 1/2" x 16" for the bottom panel as shown below

Select the 7/16" dowel rod and cut two pieces to  16" for the bird's standing rod.

On the four edges measure in 1 3/4" and mark a line; mark the crossing/center point lines and drill a 7/16" hole in the center of each of the four edges; insert and glue (exterior glue) the two rods as shown below.

Step 3, Produce Two End Panels- Select 3/4" Stock; rip it to 6 3/4".  Cut two pieces @ 8 5/8" as shown below.  Mark the center line and mark the bottom measurement of 3 3/8" (1 11/16" each side of center).

 

Select the two end pieces that have been marked; set the chop saw to the "Crown Molding" setting of 31 5/8 degrees and make the top cuts of both pieces as shown above.

Select the two end pieces that have been marked; set the chop saw to 15 degrees and make the side  cuts of both pieces as shown above.

Select the two end pieces that have been cut to size; set the table saw to cut half the depth, 3/8"; set the saw protractor angle to match the side; measure in 1/2 inch and make the groove cuts of both pieces as shown above.

Select the two end pieces that have the grooves cut; measure up from the bottom 3/4" and mark a line; fill the four grooves to the line with some exterior wood filler as shown above or fill them with a sliver of wood and glue.

Step 4, Attach the End Pieces to the Base- Select the base and the two end pieces; mark the center of both pieces and attach them with two 1 5/8" screws. 

At this time, using a 1/8" drill bit, drill about six drain holes in the bottom of the feeder.

Step 5, Build and Attach the Perch to the Base- Select 3/4" Stock; rip it to 4 1/2".  Cut one piece to 4 1/2" and a second piece to 2 1/2" as shown below.  Select the 4 1/2" square and drive a 2" deckscrew through the middle; this will hold an ear of corn.  Center and attach  the square to the base edge with two screws.  Select the 2 1/2" brace piece and attach it with two 1" screws as shown below.

Step 6, Cut and Insert the Plastic Sheets- Select 1/8" plastic stock; rip it to 6".  Cut two pieces to 14" (check your measurements); slide the plastic into the grooves/position as shown below.

Step 7, Cut and Attach the Roof- Select the exterior siding stock; rip it to 5 1/2".  Cut two pieces to 17 1/2".  Select one roof side; center it along the top edge and sides; attach this top half with 1" screws as shown below.

Select the other roof half and two hinges; position and attach the hinges as shown below.

Step 8, Attach the Eye Bolts and Chain- Select two 3" threaded eye bolts, washers, nuts; on the two side panels, measure 1" down from the peak and centered, and drill a 1/4" hole in each side.  Attach the eye bolts so they extend beyond the roof line, and connect the chain with the "S" hooks as as shown below.

Step 9, Options - The above image and added customization ideas were provided by a fellow bird lover, "Wayne from Nova Scotia!"

1. Use four 1/2" screws as stops in the four groove slots for the plastic panels.

2. Drill four drain holes @ 1 1/2", one in each corner of the feeder tray, as shown above.

3. Obtain aluminum screening; cut two pieces @ 3"x7"; lay one on each side of the feeder, as shown above.

4. Obtain a 4"x10 1/2" piece of copper sheeting; crease it and hold it in place with four, 1/2" screws, as shown above so the bird seed will stay fresh and fall away to the edges.

Use an exterior filler to fill all the screw holes, sand your feeder, prime, and paint or clear coat to suit.  Now, you are ready to fill it, stick an ear of corn on the perch, and watch the birds out your window as they feed.

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Free Bird Feeder Building Plans by:  WayneOfTheWoods@yahoo.com