My first birdfeeder with decorative crosses.

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Project by derosa posted 07-12-2012 05:41 AM 1574 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to one of those schools that virtually eliminated shop unless you were one of the troubled kids who needed to learn a trade, long story short, I’d never previously made a bird feeder. The impetus to build this was a visit to a shut-in who’s been in the nursing home for the last 9 years and her old feeder looked like it was falling apart so I told her I would make her one. I was supposed to have this finished last week and have visited her then but a string of funerals delayed both.

The whole thing is white oak with the exception of the dowel, it’s mystery wood from the neighborhood ace hardware, and the seed stops and crosses which are purpleheart. The whole thing is held together with titebond 3; all of it was from the scrap pile except the plexiglass.

The dimensions are all out of my head, I didn’t even look at a feeder or measure one before starting. I don’t own any as I like my berry bushes so I prefer not to encourage them coming around with feeders. The main basis of measurement was that ACE’s smallest sheet of plexiglass could be cut up into 6 12×6” pieces at the store, the result at 14.5” total length may be a bit much but I rather like it. I sloped the roof to 30 degrees since that usually works well with rain and the plexiglass to 7 degrees. Didn’t know if it was necessary to bother cutting the 7degrees but I liked the look so I did. Similarly I put the two 45 degree blocks on the inside ends to add strength and keep the seed from collecting in the edge, might be a useless thing but I figured I’d put them in anyways. The crosses were an early thought as this was going to a parishioner and woodnutbutter’s recent ranting decided me on them. The whole thing was finished with 2 coats of spray gloss polyurethane. Used fishing line to hang it up outside for the spraying to keep the wife happy.
Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed it.

-- A posse ad esse

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#1 posted 07-12-2012 10:17 AM

turned out nice. thanks for posting.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#2 posted 07-12-2012 01:01 PM

Great job. I love the cross

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 07-12-2012 02:17 PM

Those 45 degree wedges are worth their weight in gold – will definitley help keep the feeder clean! Very thoughtful of you – and a nice result.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 01:40 AM

A great birdfeeder that you shut in friend will derive hours of pleasure from. If that’s Chinese dowel, it may deteriorate rapidly outdoors. Make the replacements of Ipe or Jatoba and they’ll last forever. I agree with the crosses. Finish is drying on mine.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 07-13-2012 03:15 AM

Thanks for all the comments. Unfortunately the dowels aren’t anything great. I’ll be picking up some white oak tomorrow for any future attempts. I actually just received a big piece of tigerwood for the purpose of making more.
Kay, good to know my thought on the wedges has legitimate value.
Looks like I have a request for a couple more, I’m thinking of doves on one and a flag on the other.

-- A posse ad esse

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