Rustic Bird Feeders

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-22-2015 07:44 PM 1932 views 5 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My step daughter shot me a picture of a rustic bird feeder made from a log and asked if I could make one similar and out of birch.
The one on the right is my first attempt by drilling, milling and relieving the inside with a die grinder. I think it is pecan wood because it smelled sooo- good when working with it. I did not like that one so much so I tried boring out a birch log and that went very well. It was nice to not have to be careful of the finish and I did no sanding.The end was drilled for 2 dowels before I cut it free and started the boring. The third shot is cutting off the spigot using my new vise!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 10-22-2015 08:38 PM

COOL band saw Boxes without the drawers! :)


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#2 posted 10-22-2015 08:41 PM

Man you’re in “country mode” right now Jim :) these would be a neat gift, I see you got tom use that new vise well done mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 10-22-2015 09:35 PM

Well done Jim

Now I see what you use the vise for and I like it.

Awhile back 5 years ago a guy was going to bring me a lot of 3” to 6” Birch logs so I could make vases from and other thing from since I love how the bark looks with it. He never made it down here tho.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#4 posted 10-22-2015 11:09 PM

Thanks Jim! I love that vise you made. I’ve been making several things out of birch branches. Your Jig is going to help me a bunch. I am definitely going to copy that.

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#5 posted 10-22-2015 11:49 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I was given 2 5-’6” logs..enough for about 5 of these feeders and I owe one to guy that got me the logs. He has a perfect place for it by his cabin on North Lake.The logs are from his property up there, too. Green birch is a breeze to turn.
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 10-23-2015 12:17 AM

What Lucky birds to have a nice new feeder…..what kind of birds do you have there Jim?

Thanks for posting this project, as we can get a good look at your home made vise in action. Looks good and holds the stock firmly in place while being cut.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#7 posted 10-23-2015 01:02 AM

Great job Jim, Those are really neat. Any bird would be proud to eat from either one.
Yeah, that vise is just what you needed.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 10-23-2015 01:15 AM

Thanks, Cliff and Bob. This was one of my needs for that vise! Worked just great,too.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 10-23-2015 01:41 AM

Neat feeders Jim, you must qualify for the all round wood worker of the year. Thanks for showing.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 10-23-2015 01:50 AM

That is really cool. Great job

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#11 posted 10-23-2015 02:38 AM

Cool bird feeder. I’m sure your daughter loved it.

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#12 posted 10-23-2015 03:20 AM

I think birds like this type the most.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 10-23-2015 03:23 AM

Great job on these Jim. I did a lot of turning with birch when I first started turning, Haven’t seen a piece in years now. I liked how the vise worked to cut a slice off the log. You just gave me an idea. Are you using the fence as a guide with your vise or is that freehand? I can not tell by the picture.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 10-23-2015 03:59 AM

Great looking feeders Jim. Love the outdoors touch

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#15 posted 10-23-2015 05:39 AM

WOW Jim, these are real nice! Conceps as well as make.
Bird feeders ain’t very prevalent here, where I live, so maybe I’ll take your make and raise the stake, this is no fake, and bake a …... bird feeder….!
Thanks for sharing
PS congrats on the top daily 3 !!

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