Introduction: Coyote and Roadrunner Inspired Bird Feeder

We all love Coyote and roadrunner!! We all love the traps coyote used to build in order to catch that fast bird. Well having that in mind, I decided to make a bird feeder inspired from my favourite cartoon. Of course its not a bird trap!!!

So here we go...

Tools and materials:

  • Scrap wood, anything you can find
  • Saw or band saw (better)
  • Hammer
  • Some 1,6cm nails
  • Wood glue
  • Super glue
  • 5cm screws
  • Rasp
  • Sandpaper 100 and 200 grit
  • Orbital sander
  • Drill
  • Some thin rope
  • Two frame hangers
  • Hole saw 5cm and 4cm

Here is a video showing you all the steps of the construction, and below you can find a full tutorial with images and instructions.

So have fun and always remember your safety when working with power tools like I do.

Step 1: Making the "Rocks"

First of all lets make some "rocks" like the desset rocks in the cartoon.

I found a scrap piece of wood in my workshop and started shapping it to look like a rock. The shape and dimmensions do not really matter because a rock does not have any certain shape. Just grab a piece of wood and with a file or a rasp rough it up.

Just for reference ,mine was 29 x 20 cm (H x W)

After I finished shapping it, I used my orbital sander to make it smoother. As a final step, I used some 100 and 200 grit sandpaper to sand down all the places my sander could not reach.

Step 2: Attaching It to Another Piece of Wood (The Base)

Now we need a piece of wood to hold all the components of our bird feeder. I used a 31 x 15cm piece of wood, drilled three pilot holes on it as shown in the pictures, applied some glue and placed the rock on it. I also used three 5cm screws to secure the base in place.

Step 3: Making and Placing the Sign on the Base

For the sign I used a 6 x 4.5 cm piece of wood and for the post a 0.8 x 0.8 x 10cm.

Drilled some pilot holes on the post for the nails, and secured it on the sign with some glue and two nails.

After I finished that, I drilled a hole in the feeder base and attached the sign as shown in the pictures.

Step 4: The Anvil

I simply drawn an anvil in a piece of wood and cut it out on my band saw. Then I used and orbital sander to give it a better shape.

Step 5: The Seed Bowl

At this point you can use a regular glass bowl or a wooden one and paint it but if want one like mine then here its how its made.

I cut out a 5cm disk using a 5cm hole saw and drilled a 4cm hole in it. That gave me a ring, which I attached on the feeders base with some super glue

Step 6: Finishing...

I painted my feeder, and attached the anvil as shown using some black thin rope. Finished the sign by writting "free bird seed" like in the roadrunner cartoon and attached two hangers for wooden frames in order to attach the rope and hang it on a tree.

Filled my wooden ring with seeds and thats all.

Comments

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CalebGreer (author)2017-03-02

This is funny. Nice work!

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Sanderguy777 (author)2016-02-06

Yeah your right, there would be no way to use a hole saw without the guide bit helping...

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Sanderguy777 (author)2016-02-04

Too bad it doesn't work on starlings..... If you don't think this is nice, google "starling flock" and look at the images. Now you know what I mean?

But really, this is a really cool idea for a feeder for any birds as long as it DOESN"T work.

author

Hi my friend. Do you have any suggestions on how to make it better? If so please let me know. Would love to know. Thanks for your comment

author

I like it the way it is. You could make a bigger bowl. Also, when you make the bowl, I'd cut the small hole first then the bigger one. That way you don't have to hold a round thing in your vise ( less secure) also, you wouldn't have to reposition the vise jaws, making it faster. But other than that I really like it.

author

Hi. thanks for your reply. I totally agree about the bowl size. It should be bigger. As for the wooden ring I cut the bigger hole first just because that gave me a center hole to start cutting the smaller one. I will definitely try your way though. Thanks again

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mnap (author)2016-02-04

THIS IS THE BEST FEEDER I EVER SAW, THANX FOR SHARING

WIFEY SAYS THAT I'M MAKING ONE!

THANX MNAP

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fs woodworking (author)mnap2016-02-04

Thanks a lot. Go ahead, make one

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thestip (author)2016-02-03

Wow. I MUST make one. Now!! =)

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fs woodworking (author)thestip2016-02-03

Go ahead. I am here if you need anything.

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ClenseYourPallet (author)2016-02-03

I love this idea... Awesome!

author

Thank you my friend.

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