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Replacement Bird Feeder Stand

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Project by Don Johnson posted 05-14-2017 09:48 AM 587 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last spring, the mock cherry tree in our front garden put on a tremendous display of blossom, in what turned out to be its last gasp. This year it remained dormant, and appeared to have been struck down by Bracket or Honey, fungus. As is the case with these infections that affect old trees, when taken down, the centre of the trunk was indeed a wet mush – not suitable for wood turning as I had hoped. But my loss of turning material paled into insignificance beside the fact that there was no longer anywhere to hang the peanut-filled bird feeders.
I planted a wooden stake with a crosspiece to do the job, but my wife declared that it looked like a gibbet, and insisted on something less crude.
I looked at images on the internet and came up with this fairly standard design, using Iroco. Nothing complicated, and just screwed together, but I was pleased that the angles cut on the legs came out right first time. Anyway, the sparrows, dunnocks, tits, starlings and even pigeons and jackdaws (from the chimney of the house opposite) seem very pleased with the result, and we enjoy their continuous visits throughout the day. As there are four ‘wings’, I added a holder for fat balls, and the birds make short work of the contents.
The garden seemed bare without the cherry, so we got a small apple tree to fill the gap. When that grows larger, my feeder stand will no doubt become redundant, but hopefully it will last until then.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-14-2017 12:16 PM

Nice stand , Don. That is a birdie smorgasbord!

If you get any winds like we do in Mich, you might want to anchor it to the ground with some spikes.

cheers, Jim

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

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bushmaster

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#2 posted 05-14-2017 12:46 PM

Too bad about your tree, the new one with the vigor of youth may turn out to be more beautiful in the future, way to go with the way you solved the problem to keep the birds happy.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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oldguy2

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#3 posted 05-15-2017 06:49 PM

thank you for the nice design. I can use this. I like how the upper arms balance, even without a load. I recently bought a load of wood strips and this could be a nice project for smaller pieces. also no digging holes and stuff.

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