Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Hand saw
- Dowel rod, 48-inch long, 1-inch diameter
- Wood glue
- 16 small nails
- 1-inch by 2-inch-thick wood octagon frame
- 2 eye hooks
- Rope or chain
Building wooden bird feeders is an inexpensive and rewarding endeavor if you love birds and can add a homey touch to your front or back yard. By painting and decorating the finished bird feeder you can tie in the color pattern or general theme of your yard. The gazebo has a simple design and can be built using common tools such as hammer, nails and wood glue. Measurements aren't incredibly important since the size of the bird feeder can be easily adjusted depending on the pieces of wood at hand.
Cut out two octagon-shaped pieces of wood using your hand saw. Make sure they are 1/4-inch thick and that they are the same size. Sand the edges of one of the octagons with your sandpaper.
Saw eight 6-inch-tall pieces from the dowel rod. These will be used to create the sides of the feeder.
Glue the eight poles into the inside of each corner of the bottom octagon. This is the non-sanded piece. Allow wood glue to dry for two hours.
Place wood glue onto the tops of the eight dowel rods and set the octagon roof (the one you sanded) on top of it. Allow to dry for two hours.
Hammer one small nail through the top and bottom of each rod for added security.
Saw eight 2-by-1-inch-thick pieces of wood at a 45 degree angle so they create an octagon-shaped frame to frame the octagon bottom of the bird feeder. Glue the wooden sides you just cut on the outer edges of the bottom octagon.This will create the feeder ledge and help contain birdseed.
Screw one of your eye hooks to the center top of the bird feeder and loop rope or chain through it to hang the feeder. Or use another eye hook screwed upside down underneath a wood beam to hang your new bird feeder.
You can paint your finished bird house any color you want just make sure to use non-toxic paint.
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