|Project by rweitz||posted 10-16-2010 07:29 PM||1723 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I borrowed this basic shape from a store sold bird feeder made from recylced mats, but made it from a cedar 1×10 and some branches found nearby. The screen is from my old windows I replaced over the last few years, a nice aluminum screen material, not the fiberglass type so it bends and holds shape better.
The triangles holding the screen shape are the off cuts from the braces I cut for the bottom, that way the angles matched and I used some of the waste from the cuts. I used a 20 deg. slope for the tops, 30 deg. for the bottoms. I actually notched out the bottom with a router, I had planned on using the jig saw but got excited and glued up the bottom before I cut the notch!
Dimensions are about 13” long, 12” high, 12.5” wide on the topper. The top overhangs the base about an 1 1/2” and the notch is cut in the base so that water will drain out and not rot the bird seed, but keep the bird seed centerd in the base. I used the router to cut the dadoes for the bracing as well so I did not need to mount my crappy wobble blade.
Mom LOVED it btw – maybe I’ll make more for xmas. Now to get my bow saw and head to the neighbors yard for more branches!
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