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How to Make a Bird Feeder

Step 1

Mark out the board, to give the following pieces:

  • Base  150mm x 203mm ;
  • 2 gable ends  185mm x 90mm. Draw a line across the gable end pieces 25mm from one end. Draw from the centre points to each end of this line to mark out the angle of the gable ends ;
  • Roof side  150mm x 240mm ;
  • Roof side 115mm x 240mm ;
  • 2 dispenser sides  150mm (x 118mm for feeding seed) (x 110mm for feeding peanuts) ;
  • 4 tray sides 200mm x 30mm ;

Step 2

Use the saw to cut out all the marked pieces. Try to cut as accurately as possible to aid assembly. It’s also worth cutting to the same side of the lines and bearing in mind that a saw cut can take out 3mm of timber. Sand all cut edges.

Step 3

Mark out and drill holes in the base:

  • Use the 10mm bit to make a drainage hole in each corner ;
  • Use the 3mm bit to make two holes in each of the long sides — 8mm in from the edge and 75mm in from each end (hence 50mm apart) ;

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Mark out and drill the tray sides:

  • Use the 3mm bit to make two holes in each of the four pieces — 8mm in from the edge and 50mm from each end ;

Mark out and drill the gable ends:

  • Use the 3mm bit to make four holes in each piece — 8mm from the edge and 40mm from each end ;

Step 4

Mark out and drill the roof:

  • Using the 240mm x 150mm roof section, mark and drill two holes, 24mm in from the edge and 67mm each side of a centre line ;

Mark and drill two more holes 66mm from the edge and 67mm each side of a centre line.

Step 5

Assemble the dispenser. The sides are not longer compared to uprights of the gable ends – this leaves, an opening at the foundation for nuts or seeds to roll out into the tray. A 10mm opening is big enough for seed mixtures, but an 18mm gap may be better. Support everything square and steady before knocking nails into area.

Step 6

Assemble the tray base. Nail through the predated holes in the sides, into the base. Again make sure everything is accurately placed before nailing.

Step 7

Mend the dispenser into the tray base. Use a bit piece of timber as a support underneath and turn the abodedispenser upside down — this takes any pressure off the top of the gables when hammering. Measure from each side so the dispenser is placed centrally.

Step 8

Nail the pre-drilled section of the roof on to one side of the dispenser, it’s essential to position the two sides of the roof accurately. The side that is nailed on will overlap the top point of the gable and the two sides most butt together to allow hinges to be fitted. The outer edges of each roof section will overlap the lower tray and should be equal and balanced. If in doubt – eyeball it all first and hold the roof together with tape so you can get it just right.

Step 9

Fit the hinges. Squeeze the two roof sections together so there is no gap between them and fit the two hinges in place. These should be 35mm from each end of the roof section. Use the 1.5mm drill to make pilot holes for the small screws before fixing.

Step 10

Fit a hanging cord. Use the 3mm bit to make two holes in the larger roof section. These should be 10mm in from each tide and 10mm down from the top edge.

Strong rot-proof string, or wire, can be threaded through those and either knotted or twisted, so the ends don’t pull out when the feeder is hung in a tree. A top loop is also handy so the feeder won’t slip if it is hung on a hook.

Here link with nice ideas for interesting bird feeder: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/how-to/g678/bird-feeders/

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