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This winter you'll do things different.
Instead of buying a new birds feeding table you'll make one, one that's different from all others (although not from mine but there's few chance we're neighbours).

This 'leaf bird table' is easy to make & weather-resistant.

Needs:
- a trunk
- some wastewood or a kitchen board
- some Alubond-style aluminium composite panels

Step 1: Design & Cut

Organize two sheets of ALU-bond & get them together.
Design the leaf (in this occasion oak but I'm pretty sure banana must be nice also) & cut them both at once with a jigsaw.
Sand the edges.
Perforate the upper margin with a small drill.

Step 2: Stitching

Ply both halves as much as needed that, once put together, they will be stitchable.
Use polyester rope to stitch them together. Double nots.
Seal with silicone (tape the sides of the seal zone to get this done properly).

Step 3: Paint Job

Give it any color you want - aerosol paint is just fine.

Step 4: Prepare the Leafstalk

Find a piece of scrapwood, cut it & shape it.
Note the flattened zone where the leaf will be fixed.
Drill two holes straith through that zone.
Oil to finish. Walnut is fine.

Step 5: Make the Dish Table

Find a nice piece of hardwood - or make it  - and design a 'table' respecting the size of your leaf (make it too big the snacks will be wet, make it too small it will look ridiculous).
Use jigsaw to cut it out.
Use router to give it 3D.
Sand to finish.

You can also use a kitchen cutting board.

Find a nice way to attach the table to the support - in this case a piece of scrapwood.

Oil with natural oil (walnut, again). No synthetic stuff, birds will eat on it!

Step 6: Assembling

Find a nice trunk and make a tripod to get it upside.

Fix the stem to the leaf.
Fix the leaf to the trunk.
Fix the table to the trunk.
The lantern is optional...

Every situation will be different. Set your creativity & inventivity free!

Ready for the snacks, ready for the birds & ready for some wintertime!

Hope you enjoyed it!

Step 7: The Lantern Option

Just a tiny decorative touch to enjoy it during night.

Or to feed mice to the owls ;)
It's gorgeous! I tried something similar, but as you say with the table size, mine was too small and was laughable. My problem is we live in a National Forest, this was my first summer... and I didn't realize how many.... more than 40, squirrels there were nearby. Then came the Band-tail Pigeons. I couldn't feed all that plus the smaller Finches, and Grosbeaks, Titmouse, etc were pushed out. I had to reinvent, I'm still in the works with screens and branches hanging from overhang on roof. They are now all next to the big living room window, and the screen holds all the wasted seeds, But thinking of making a 10x4 completely fenced in with 2 1/4 x 4 inch fencing/wire/rolled up from Home Depot. Then only the ones who could fit would get in. Anyway, Once I do all that, I'm going to make yours and put it inside. Thanks!
Garden fencing wire is great to get the bigger stuff out. Hope those squirrels don't pass through it because 'when the head passes, all passes!'. Good luck, and thanx for that nice compliment!
I've never heard of alubond - interesting - where do you get it?
I got a provider in south france - so I made some stock before leaving the area - but I'm sure you'll find simlilar products where you live. These sheets are quite popular in the advertisement business. Otherwise with a simple alu-sheet it will work as well, no worry!
I just love it and I bet the birds do too!
Thanx, can 't wait too to spot the first one at the restaurant! Hope it's not a big ostrich cause this lady isn't ostrichproof ;)

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