Introduction: How to Build a Finch Bird Feeder
I was in a bird store to buy a finch feeder. I saw one for about $20, but immediately thought, 'I can make this, and probably for less.'
So I tried, and sure enough, for a cost of about $5 and 20 minutes work, I made one that looks better than the 'professional' model. Here's how I did it.
Step 1: Buy the Parts
It just so happened that next door was a TAP Plastics store. In there I found something called a Tube-Pak. It is a clear plastic tube with a red cap on either end. I chose one 18" long and 2" in diameter (cost: $3.50). Then I found some cool 1/4" colored acrylic rods ($3.45). I chose purple. Now it's time to build.
Step 2: Measure Holes
First I marked where I wanted to drill holes for the rod. I started 2" from the bottom and then marked every 4". Then I turned the tube 90 degrees and did the same thing again, but started 4" from the bottom.
Step 3: Drilling Hole
Next I drilled 1/4" holes all the way through the tube at each of my marks.
Step 4: Drill Small Holes
Now I need to mark the holes for feeding. I drilled 1/8" holes 2" above each of the big holes I just drilled. Because the seed needs just a bit more room to get out, I lengthened the holes just slightly by pulling the tube sideways while the drill was running. This created an oval hole.
Also drill a 1/8" hole through the tube just below the top cap. The wire hanger will attach here.
Step 5: Cut Rod
I cut the rod to 6" length, using a band saw. A hacksaw would also work.
Step 6: Insert Rods
Push the rods through the 1/4" holes. The fit is tight enough so glue is not needed.
Step 7: Make Hanger
To hang the feeder, use a wire coat hanger. Cut a straight piece about 13" long. Bend it into a 'U' shape. Then bend the ends 90 degrees.
Step 8: Attach Hanger
Slip the bent ends into the two holes at the top of the feeder and bend them up further so they don't come out.
Step 9: Finished Product
You're done! Buy some Thistle seed and enjoy some backyard wildlife.
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A single bend can direct rain water into the feeder because of the water surface tension and adhesion to the wire. A double bend will keep the water on the outside of the feeder which will help keep the seed dry.