Soft drink bottle bird feeder

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Project by archie18 posted 10-31-2009 at 10:10 PM 3408 views 17 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fun little way to use up some shop scraps. Cut bottom off 2 liter soft drink bottle. Cut 4 square pieces of wood with length of sides about 1.5 inches larger than diameter of bottle. Cut 4 posts 3/4×3/4 and about 6 inches longer than the cutoff bottle. Cut 3/4×3/4 inch notch in each corner of 3 of the squares to attach the posts. In the fourth square make the notches slightly larger; this is for the sliding lid that can be raised to remove or fill the bottle. I also used an adjustable circle cutter to cut a groove the same diameter as the bottle in the lid piece to provide a more secure seal on the bottle (see fourth picture). In another square I cut a 2 inch diameter hole and then used my router with camfering bit to bevel sides of the hole to match the shape of the bottle neck. (Picture 3)
To assemble use plain square piece as bottom, glue and nail ends of posts in notches. Next position and fasten neck piece on posts so that bottle spout is about 1 inch above bottom square. Slide in lid square. Take final square and attach to tops of posts. Roof piece should be about 2 inches larger in diameter than squares used in body. I tilted saw blade enough to leave 1/4 inch edge and cut through to center point of piece Rotate to get pyramid shape.(Recommend using dado jig for safety). Perches are added by notching 4 pieces of .25×1.25 X 7 to fit snugly around base. Drill holes for 1/4 inch dowels before attaching.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#1 posted 10-31-2009 at 10:48 PM

Great project. Great design. Allways like the “Re-New and Re-Use” projects. This is an easy build with your step by step instructions. Thank You for the idea.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 10-31-2009 at 11:24 PM

Classic design with minimal material and cool look. Well done

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 11-01-2009 at 12:20 AM

Neat feeder….....I may have to do a couple of these…...don’t like the store bought ones.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#4 posted 11-01-2009 at 04:51 AM

these will be great gifts for my birder friends

-- Ron, Missouri

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#5 posted 11-01-2009 at 12:08 PM

I’d love to make one for my Dad , but the Black Bears have stolen and destroyed every feeder that he has owned : ( This is a great design…Thanks for posting it : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 11-03-2009 at 01:05 AM

Don’t know about black bears, but I read that a good foil for squirels and bird feeders is to use those 2 liter bottles and string them on a wire or clothes line by drilling a hole in the bottom. Hang the bird feeder half way across the line. When the squirels try to get to the bird feeder the bottles turn so the little rodents fall off. At least that’s what I heard but ya never know with squirels. It’s a great birdfeeder and a good way to keep those plastic bottles out of the landfills too!

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#7 posted 11-03-2009 at 08:31 PM

This is really cool! I love the way it looks, and will have to go through my scrap bin to see if I have enough to make one.

-- Dean

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#8 posted 11-10-2009 at 10:03 PM

I really should call it a cat feeder. My cat is having a field day catching birds and squirrels.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#9 posted 11-10-2009 at 10:06 PM

Great Lookin Feeder

-- Jim, Kentucky

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