AND PREPARE THE BASE
The base provides room for several feeding birds
1. Cut the base (A) from
3/4" plywood. Draw straight diagonal lines
from corner to corner to locate the center of the
2. Measure and mark a 6"
square in the middle of the base, making sure the
lines are parallel to the edges of the base. This
square marks the location for the bird feeder.
3. Drill a 1/4"-dia. hole
through the center of the base where the lines
4. Measure in toward the center
3/8" from each corner of the 6" square
and mark points. Drill 1/16" pilot holes all
the way through at these points (photo A).
||Drill pilot holes
in the corners of the bird feeder
location that is laid out on the plywood
PREPARE THE FEEDER BOX PARTS
The posts and box sides form the walls of the
bird feeder. Vertical grooves in the feeder sides
let you check seed levels. Seed flows through
small arcs cut in the bottoms of the bird feeder
1. Cut the posts (B) to length
from 3/4"-square cedar stop molding. (Or,
rip a 3'-long piece of 3/4"-thick cedar to
3/4" in width to make the posts.)
2. From 8" cedar lap siding
(actual dimension is 7 1/4") cut two
6"-wide box sides (C). Then, cut two more
panels to about 7" in width to be trimmed
later to follow the lap-siding bevels.
3. Cut viewing slots. First,
drill two 1/2" starter holes for a jig saw
blade along the center of each box sideone
hole 2" from the top, and the other 2"
from the bottom. Connect the starter holes by
cutting with a jig saw to form the slots.
4. Cut a 1/2"-deep arc into
the bottom of each box side, using the jig saw.
Start the cuts 1 1/2" from each end. Smooth
out the arcs with a drum sander on a power drill.
5. Cut strips of clear acrylic
or plastic slightly larger than the viewing
slots. Hot-glue them over the slots on the inside
of the box sides (photo B).
||Cover the viewing
slots by hot-gluing clear plastic or
acrylic pieces to the inside face of each
6. To mark cutting lines for trimming
two of the box sides to follow the siding bevel,
tape the box sides together into a box shape. The
wide ends of the beveled siding should all be
flush. Trace the siding profile onto the inside
faces of the two box ends (photo C). Disassemble
the box. Cut along the profile lines with a jig
||Mark the profile of
the bevel of the siding onto two of the
box sides for trimming.
THE FEEDER BOX
1. Hot-glue the posts flush with
the inside edges on the box sides that were
trimmed in Step 6.
2. Hot-glue the untrimmed box
sides to the posts.
ATTACH THE BASE
1. Align the assembled feeder
box with the 6" square outline on the base.
Hot-glue the box to the base on these lines. Turn
the assembly upside down.
2. Attach the base to the feeder
box by driving 4d galvanized common nails through
the predrilled pilot holes in the base, and into
the posts on the feeder box (photo D).
||Drive 4d common
nails through pilot holes to fasten the
feeder box to the base.
the ledge sides (D) and ledge ends (E) to length.
Next, build a frame around the base that prevents
seed spills. Using hot glue, attach the ledge
pieces so the bottoms are flush with the bottom
of the base. Reinforce the joint with 4d common
MAKE THE ROOF
1. Cut the ridge pole (G) from a
1"-dia. dowel. Cut the roof panels (F) from
2. To create the roof pitch, lay
the panels on your work surface so the wide ends
butt together. Place a 1"-thick spacer under
each of the narrow ends, 2" in from each
3. Apply a heavy bead of hot
glue into the seam between the panels (photo E).
Quickly press the ridge pole into the seam. Let
the glue harden for at least 15 minutes.
spacers in from the "eaves" of
the roof to set the pitch before applying
glue to the seam.
Set the roof right-side-up, and rest each end of
the ridge pole on a 2 × 4 block. Drill 3/8"
starter holes down through the roof and the ridge
pole, 1" to either side of the ridge's
midpoint. Connect the starter holes by cutting a
slot between them, using a jig saw. Widen the
slot until the 1/4"-dia. threaded rod passes
through with minimal resistance.
5. Cut the threaded rod to
16" in length. Use pliers to bend a 1
1/2"-dia. loop in one end of the rod. Place
the roof on the bird feeder. Then, thread the
unbent end of the rod through the roof and the
hole in the base (photo F). Spin the rod loop so
it is perpendicular to the roof ridge.
||The bird feeder is
held together by a looped, threaded rod
that runs through the roof and is secured
with a washer and nut on the underside of
Tighten a washer and nut onto the end of the rod,
loosely enough so the loop can be spun with