Birdseed Catcher

  • Advertise with us
Project by Jim Jakosh posted 408 days ago 1090 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!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

27 comments so far

View wiswood2's profile


1090 posts in 2300 days

#1 posted 408 days ago

That is a great idea. Nice job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

View DickB's profile


61 posts in 923 days

#2 posted 408 days ago

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

-- Dick,

View Ronald G Campbell 's profile

Ronald G Campbell

538 posts in 608 days

#3 posted 408 days ago

View majuvla's profile


3270 posts in 1472 days

#4 posted 408 days ago

Very animal frendly project. Nice work.Nice wheel.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View scrollingmom's profile


796 posts in 1068 days

#5 posted 408 days ago

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

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

View HillbillyShooter's profile


4372 posts in 896 days

#6 posted 408 days ago


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

View Joe Lyddon's profile

Joe Lyddon

7625 posts in 2656 days

#7 posted 408 days ago

That is ONE COOL BirdSeed Catcher!

Nice design…

Thank you!

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

View aussiedave's profile


3014 posts in 428 days

#8 posted 408 days ago

What a great idea Jim….well done

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

View Tom Godfrey's profile

Tom Godfrey

463 posts in 780 days

#9 posted 408 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 (

View stefang's profile


12604 posts in 1938 days

#10 posted 408 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.

View HorizontalMike's profile


6915 posts in 1518 days

#11 posted 408 days ago

Neat! I could use this at home.

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

View daverose's profile


39 posts in 955 days

#12 posted 408 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!

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

11099 posts in 1710 days

#13 posted 408 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!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View Roger's profile


14177 posts in 1408 days

#14 posted 408 days ago

Ingenious Jim.

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

View peteg's profile


2822 posts in 1427 days

#15 posted 407 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

showing 1 through 15 of 27 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase