This feeder is mounted on a pipe and can be set securely in the ground or attached to an existing post. By installing an eye bolt in the center of the roof it could be hung from a branch by a light chain. We put ours right outside of the kitchen window where we can easily watch the birds.
Sheet metal 12" x 12" (license plates could work also )
9" x 9" x 1" board (plywood not recommended)
2" x 4" x 24" or 1-1/2" x 1/4" x 36" lattice
1" x 8" x 7-1/2"
2" x 4" x 4"
16-2" hex head deck screws
1/2" floor flange
1/2" pipe...6' long
paint, brush, clean-up materials
Workbench with vise
File or grinder
3/16" or 1/8" drill bit
Nut driver bit for screws
Punch (a large nail may work)
Table saw (only if you need to rip the 1-1/2" x 1/4" pieces)
Step 1: Getting Started
Rip 1-1/2" x 1/4" slats from the 24"x 2" x 4" if you don't have lattice that size. Cut two pieces to match the left and right sides of the 9" x 9" bottom board. Nail them in place using wire nails so the lattice is flush with the bottom of the board. Measure for the other two ends and cut the lattice to fit. Nail in place.
Rip the 1" x 8" into four uprights about 7-1/2" long. Cut the top of each upright to 40-45 degrees to match the angle of the roof.
Align an upright in the corner of the bottom board and mark around it. This is to locate where to drill the pilot hole for the screw. Repeat for the other three corners of the bottom board. Drill a pilot hole in the center of each upright "footprint".
Drill a pilot hole, just smaller than the screw, in the bottom of each upright.
Step 2: Assembly, Part One
Align the 4"- 2" x 4" in the center of the top of the bottom board. Draw around it. Remove the block and drill four pilot holes through the bottom board about 3/4" from each corner of the rectangle you drew. Also drill one in the center of the rectangle. These will be used to for the screws that will attach the 4"- 2" x 4" to the bottom of the bottom board. Drill a pilot hole in the center of the 4"- 2" x 4". This is to help with aligning the bottom board and the block.
Clamp the 4"- 2" x 4" block in the vise and, using a nail or drill bit through the center hole, position the bottom board over it. Rotate the bottom board so the sides of the 2" x 4" and the bottom board are parallel. Using the pilot holes in the bottom board as guides, drill one pilot hole through the bottom board into the 2" x 4" block. Pin it or install a screw in that hole. Drill a second pilot hole and install another screw. Once you have two screws to secure both wooden pieces you can drill the last two pilot holes and install the screws.
Step 3: Assembly, Part Two
Reposition the feeder in the vise so that the uprights point up. Center the roof on the uprights. Lookfrom the side and mark the midline of an upright on the roof. Without moving the roof, look at the same upright from the end and mark the midline on the roof. Where the two marks cross is where you drill through the roof. Before you drill, remove the roof to the workbench and use a center punch or large nail and hammer to make a depression for the drill bit to rest in as you drill. Drilling on flat metal usually results in the bit "walking" away from where you want to drill. Reposition the roof and mark the top of the upright, through the hole in the roof. Remove the roof and drill a vertical pilot hole in the upright.
Temporarily attach the roof to the upright and repeat the mark/drill steps for the upright diagonal from the first upright you did. Once you have two holes drilled and the roof temporarily reattached, mark and drill the last two holes in the roof and the last two holes in the uprights. Secure the roof with all four screws.
We feed black oil sunflower seeds for a more colorful assortment of birds. Another feeder on the other side of the house contains the regular mix and attracts most of the sparrows. Let the feeder go empty occasionally and blow out the seed hulls. An occasional scraping with a putty knife will help keep the floor clean. Once you start feeding, keep feeding.