Bird Feeder... again.

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Project by SirFatty posted 11-02-2013 02:05 PM 1910 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last fall I made a feed and a couple bird houses with my son. The feeder was not a great design, and so when it was blown over a couple times last winter and spring, I wasn’t too upset. This time around the design is more vertical than horizontal and has a clear front and back to see the food level.

The whole project was constructed of materials that were on hand. Some cedar from the feeder last year, and a glued up panel from a previous project. Instead of plexiglass, I used some 5/16” Lexan that was laying around. With all the materials together, and a measured drawing, it was time to get to work.

This is a very simple, straightforward project that was completed in under an hour. The only complicated thing is routing a dado for the Lexan to fit in. After cutting the sides, the Lexan was used to mark where the router bit would go. A straightedge was clamped down and the router run along it.

The lid is just sitting on top, using an lift rod from a bathroom sink as a hold down.

The project was assembled with some zinc plated screws and Gorilla glue (because it’s water proof). Be sure to wear protective gloves when working with that glue, it takes about a week to come off the skin!

So that the little scavengers have somewhere to stand while they eat, some 7/8” dowel (former rake handle) was glued in on either side.

Attached to a pipe and a cast iron flange, it stands on an umbrella stand. Some paint and that’s another feeder completed.

October was unseasonable cool here in northern Illinois… working in the garage is almost done for the year. I would like to squeak out one more project before the garage is too cold to work in.

Thanks for looking!

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Nate Meadows

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#1 posted 11-02-2013 03:22 PM

That is a cool design!

Too cold to work in! That sucks! The winter is some of the best time to be in the wood shop brother! What would it take to get it warmed up?


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#2 posted 11-02-2013 06:52 PM

Very NICE!

COOL lil project!

Looks like it’s going to survive longer than 1 year too!


I think you just pull the roof off and pour in the food… right?

Thank you!

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#3 posted 11-02-2013 10:00 PM

Very nicely done. Sorry to hear your shop time is being limited by the weather—good luck in figuring a way around the weather.

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#4 posted 11-03-2013 09:28 AM

Very Nice Piece Of Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting!

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#5 posted 11-03-2013 12:25 PM

Nate, thanks! Probably 220v and a gas line… but since we store the cars in there also, it’s a pain having to clean up and put everything back in its place when finished.

Joe, I hope so. You’re right about the lid, here’s the thing full of food (I decided not to paint it):

HillbillyShooter, I usually shift to indoor projects, this winter I will be building an amplifier for the garage sound system, my old Radio Shack amp is about dead.

Magnum, thanks for the compliment!

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#6 posted 12-31-2013 09:13 PM

Nice work.

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#7 posted 01-01-2014 01:09 AM

Something like that is better without paint… never can tell how it will effect the residents… fumes, etc. etc. :)

Happy New Year!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 08-30-2015 04:11 PM

Nice feeder and like the metal pole may slow the squirrels down a bit.

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