Birdseed Catcher

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 305 days ago 1004 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a honey do project to keep the wasteful birds from dumping over half the safflower seed on the ground from the feeder. I glued 2 pieces of cedar together and the turned the base on the lathe. Then I drilled the center hole to 1 1/16 and cut the spokes and stapled screen wire op top so water can run through but not the seeds. This is installed to the aluminum feeder with a tapered plug in the bottom. The taper is 1 1/2 degrees and the plug might stay in there to hold it, but I put in a screw through the side for insurance.
I finished the wood with Teak oil and it was saturated and took 3 days to dry!!

I turned that big ring just between centers and I should have mounted it to a larger plate for stability. It is not the same depth all the way around because of that.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#1 posted 305 days ago

That is a great idea. Nice job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 305 days ago

Cool! I think this is going to become a honey do project for me too!

-- Dick,

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Ronald G Campbell

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#4 posted 305 days ago

Very animal frendly project. Nice work.Nice wheel.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 305 days ago

I like it maybe you should come over and do my honey do list.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#6 posted 305 days ago


-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 305 days ago

That is ONE COOL BirdSeed Catcher!

Nice design…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 305 days ago

What a great idea Jim….well done

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Tom Godfrey

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#9 posted 305 days ago

Great idea, great design. Lot of us guys that have honey do list most likely will be wanting one of these.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#10 posted 305 days ago

Great idea Jim and nicely turned, but you lost me on this one. How do the seeds not get spread around when there are holes in the spoked disk? Please forgive my ignorance, but I’ve been house painting all day and maybe the fumes have gotten to me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 305 days ago

Neat! I could use this at home.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#12 posted 305 days ago

Looks really great but at my place that would just make a wonderful platform for the squirrels to eat all the seed instead!

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 305 days ago

Hey, glad you all like this.
Sorry Kelly, her list is long enough to keep me from some of my fun projects. But I do like honey- do projects when they involve time in the shop. This was a fun one….got to use the metal lathe, the wood lathe, the drill press and the scroll saw!
Today it is sealing the blacktop driveway….......grunt work!!! But is is 1:15 and I’m done already so back to a fun project!!

Hi Mike,
Oh, I forgot to mention it, but I thought you could see it- there is screen stapled to the top of the wheel! I edited the working above.Thanks.
There are actually birds eating on top of the wire now. That should save about half of this seeds which I buy in bulk in Illinois. My wife says they eat one from the feeder and drop five!! I can save 80% if that’s the case. that got me thinking that there should be a feeder like a Pez dispenser- only one comes out at a time!! Yuk Yuk!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#14 posted 305 days ago

Ingenious Jim.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 305 days ago

That’s a pretty cool looking bird feeder Jim, bet you got a 10 pass mark from the ‘honey do’ girl.
Now, is this your own design ,or, is there a set of on line plans? coz I rekon a lot of the guys will want to copy this one.
A ripper mate

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

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