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I decided to make Yet Another BirdFeeder

This is a platform feeder, it's probably my favorite type, popular with ground feeding birds, and less risk of seed spoilage than a hopper feeder.

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Step 1: What you are going to need

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You'll need a piece of wood, you can see I used the back from the bronze trophy I made the other feeder out of, however you could cut a custom shape out of poplar, or use an old window or picture frame. Also you'll need to cut some wood splines, some window screening, finish, glue, chain, screw eyes, etc, etc.

Step 2: Trace around and cut out the center of the piece of wood you'll be using

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After you cut out the center, flip the wood over and cut a slot for the spline, you'll need a router and a straight bit

Step 3: Here I've cut the spline groove

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I've also sanded off the crusty old finish, yep looks like that is solid mahogany I'm working with. Also here's a pic of my router jig.

Step 4: I kinda got ahead of the pictures here

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What I've done is cut some square splines from clear pine, the spline channel was 1/4", the splines are 7/32", I draped a piece of window screen over the frame and then hammered home the spline with a rubber mallet. Finally i trimmed the screen and wicked in some superglue to secure the splines.

Step 5: And lastly

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A few coats of Spar Urethane, add screw eyes and some chain and you have a complete birdfeeder, just hang outside and add a handful of safflower seed.
Hey cool Idea, might I suggest using an old toilet seat. That way you would not have to cut out the center.
Tool Using Animal (author)  handydave9376 years ago
That's a really cool idea, I'm replacing one soon, I'll post it if I make it.
haha i like how you called it yet another bird feeder!
rplatter8 years ago
I agree with jongscx. Hot pepper powder works great. Birds don't notice it and squirrels don't touch it more than once. However the screened bottom may limit the effectiveness of a powder application.
Jesus105558 years ago
Its Very Nice
thanks Jesus
tradergordo8 years ago
Looks great. Now can you make it squirel proof? :)
Tool Using Animal (author)  tradergordo8 years ago
the easiest way to make it squirrel proof is to only feed safflower seed, squirrels don't find it palatable.
Really?!? Sunflower seeds are what I use in my live trap and I've caught about ten in the past year.
Tool Using Animal (author)  Lls8 years ago
SAFflower not SUNflower
as well as add hot pepper powder. Birds don't have taste buds... but squirrels do... *heh heh heh... * and it adds vitamin A or D to it, which birds would find useful, i guess...