|Project by Rick Dennington||posted 02-24-2015 04:24 PM||2375 views||6 times favorited||36 comments|
These are a couple of feeders and houses I built for my son and daughter-in-law to put around their new home they recently built. I have also built a few to put in my wife’s beauty shop for her customers to purchase…I like to build them out of red cedar, cause I like the apperance of the red, the sap wood, and knots combination…And they look nice. The houses are pretty much regular diminisions…Usually about 9” tall and 6” wide, with a 30-35 degree slope on the roof..I build the “body” of the house onto the nailerboard instead of having a house, then adding the extra board. Depending on the style I choose, I’ll either build the clean-out door on the bottom, or side. The holes are usually 1 1/4—1 1/2”, and the perch is a 1/4” dowel… The roof is the last thing I put on with about an 1 1/2”” overhang and the sides, front, and roof are all 30-35 degrees…Some have hinges…some don’t….Three coats of Super Spar Varnish usually does the job for protection…..
The feeders are the same red cedar, and again, depending on the style I build, if it’s a regular seed feeder, the base is about 1 3/4” deep x 9 1/2” wide x 12” long. I put screen wire in the base for drainage in both styles. The standards for the feeders with Plexy are again the same diminisions The same 30 degree angle is cut for the roof slope.I cut a 1/8” slot for the Plexy, and stop the slot about 5/16” from the bottom for the seeds to fall through.. All the parts are glued and screwed together, and the again the roof is the last piece to go on. It’s usually about 6-7” wide x 14” long for overhang all the way around to keep out moisture…Two 1/4” x 4” eyebolts and chain for hanging, or you can mount them on a post…Either way works good….Three coats of Super Spar for protection. I’ve built so many of these, I’ve got the diminisions embedded in my brain….lol…They are fun to build…Thanks..
EDIT: Forgot to add that all material is 5/8” planed down from 3/4” stock….It makes it lighter…..
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