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Anyone who puts up a birdfeeder hoping to to enjoy the birds will soon attract unwanted guests - squirrels. These cute but rapacious little monsters ...
- 4" diameter plastic drain pipe at least 24" long. Quantity: 1 (a 10' pipe cost me $5.48)- 1/2 " PVC couplers. Quantity 4 ($0.39 each)- 4" PVC cap....
- ruler or tape measure - hacksaw - drill & bits - pliers - staple gun & staples - screwdriver - sandpaper - spray paint - dremel (optional)
Cut the 4" pipe to 24" inches long using the hacksaw. This will be the body of the feeder.
Pick one end of the pipe to be the bottom of the feeder and mark it. We need to cut the wooden block so that it will fit snugly into the bottom of t...
Trim and/or sand the block until it fits snugly into the bottom of the pipe. The block will act as the base plate of the feeder. The pipe will have ...
Remove the base plate and drill a 5/32" hole in the center. Put a piece of scrap wood (not shown) beneath the base plate so the drill bit doesn't hi...
Measure 7/8" up from the bottom of the pipe at 4 equally-spaced points around the pipe. These points should be between the lines used for marking the...
Drill a 5/64" hole at each point, and put a screw in each of the holes. These screws act as "stops" to keep the base plate in place, while allowing t...
Measure 1" up from the bottom of the pipe on each of the four lines used to mark the base plate. Cut a slot (centered on the line) large enough for a...
Measure 1 3/8" up from each slot and make a mark on the line. Drill a 1" hole centered on each of the marks. These will be the feed holes.
Cut out a 1/3 section from each of the 4 PVC connectors. These will be the baffles that prevent seed from falling out of the feed holes.
Use a pair of pliers to compress each baffle and force it into a feed hole, with the open side down. Leave about 1/3 of the baffle protruding out of...
Apply PVC glue to the outside of each baffle and force them into the pipe until the outside edge is flush with the pipe. Set the pipe aside to let th...
Form a hanging loop in one end of the wire.
Drill a 5/32" hole in the center of the PVC cap and thread the wire through it.
Put the base plate on your work surface with the inside facing up. Place a cable tie on the base plate (flat-side down) with the head near the center...
When the glue on the PVC baffles is dry, insert the wire into the top of the pipe until it sticks out the bottom. I decided to paint my feeder first,...
Hold the feeder by the hanging loop and slide the cap onto the top of the pipe. Your feeder is complete! Hang the feeder so that the bottom is at le...
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