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Forum topic by ralfgretson posted 11-06-2012 04:15 PM 1463 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2012 04:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bird feeder diy bird

My little girl will have her birthday soon and I want to make her something unique out of wood. She likes to watch singing birds a lot and I am thinking about building a simple bird feeder. I have found this project on the internet and they look easy enough for my woodworking skills. Nevertheless, I don’t know what kind of materials to use and if it is possible to paint the feeder. Thank you for your help!

-- Ralf - Free and Step by Step Plans at:

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#1 posted 11-06-2012 04:42 PM

I would use cedar, but you can use any wood if you want to paint it. Here a link to more Bird feeders plans

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#2 posted 11-06-2012 05:41 PM

You will want to build a bird house too!.
Place it away from your feeder.

Your girl will get really excited if a family moves in.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#3 posted 11-06-2012 06:16 PM

That’s a weird design for a feeder – the bird has to fly in to eat? I have built feeders close to that design, but extend the base out an inch and a half or so. Add a lip all around, and keep the plexi held off the bottom tray. The seed can just come out that space and fill up the outer area. Lose the holes. You’ll have a lot more birds and the inevitable squirrels won’t chew their way in. More like the way this type works:

I use cedar – I wouldn’t paint anything that a bird pecks at and might ingest.

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#4 posted 11-06-2012 06:33 PM

Very easy, no real gotcha’s about $20-30 in materials. Do it bare wood, let her paint it for more fun.

-- Brian

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#5 posted 11-06-2012 08:20 PM

Your little girl will surely love that envisioned project. Keep us posted.

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#6 posted 11-06-2012 08:44 PM

ralf…1# question is what kind of birds are native to your home? Answer that and then refine your on-line search for plans. We have a variety of birds here but they are “fussy” not only on what we feed them, but also on how we deliver it.

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