How To Build Beautiful Bird Feeder for Your Garden
Everyone likes to have a beautiful garden. A dream yard is characterized by lush green grass, colorful flowers, trees, and birds. Most people can achieve all other things except attracting birds. They assume that drawing birds require lots of money and resources —it could not be farther from the truth! In this article, you will learn how to build a beautiful bird feeder for your garden.
Tools You Will Need
Here are some of the things that you will need to build a simple bird feeder in your garden:
- A simple table saw: This saw has sharp blades that you can use to cut wood easily as you adjust the cutting angle
- Sharpie marker: This tool will help you to mark the wood with high levels of precision
- Bar clamp: You will need a bar clamp to support heavy pieces of wood. The jaws of a clamp can withstand lots of pressure without falling
- Hammer: You will need to put the nails in their position using a hammer
- Carpenter’s square: You will use it to lay different components of the feeder to their correct angles
- Paintbrush and rags: before declaring the project complete, you will need to make it colorful. This tool will come in handy
- Random-orbit sander: You will use it to sand the wood surface so that it becomes smooth
- Drill: The tool will help you to drill holes for attaching different components of the feeder into their respective positions
Materials You’ll Need
Apart from the above, you will need other materials which include:
- Silicon adhesive (2.5 ounces)
- Universal spray paint
- Stainless steel brads
- Denatured alcohol
- Cedar natural tone
- Flathead wood screws
- Utility knife
- Titebond III wood glue
Step 1: Choose an Ideal Location
Even though the feeder will be in your garden, you need to be keen on the exact location where you will put it. This is more important if you have an extensive yard. The site will determine whether you will be able to have a clear view of all the birds. Since the yard is near your home, it is prudent to position it near your window. From this position, you won’t strain when trying to see how the birds are eating. You can watch them from the comfort of your house.
The feeder should be high from the ground to keep other animals away. You may consider positioning it at an open space or in the middle of the yard, as this guarantees you a perfect view. However, placing it near the bushes can compromise the security for the birds, especially when they are under attack from predators.
Step 2: Choose the perfect wood
Now that you have an ideal location in mind, you can go ahead and choose a reliable type of wood that you will use to make the feeder. It is always recommended to use teak or cedar because of their reliability. They can withstand harsh weather conditions.
Step 3: Cut the woods
Using your table saw, cut the cedar wood so that you obtain the base rails. The cuts should be precise to minimize any wastage of cedar and also to get perfectly shaped slats that have accurate dimensions.
Step 4: Alignment
Take one slat and align it to the end of all the rails. Rearrange the remaining slats so that they become 1/16 inches apart. This will form platforms where the birds will be resting while eating at the feeder. For the purpose of accuracy, you can use brads to create the spaces. Once all the slats are in their accurate position, you can mark all the ends of the rails.
Step 5: Mark the ends
Label the ends “C” so that they are in between the rails. Then, cut the ends of the rails to ensure that they have equal dimensions. After that, set them apart.
Step 6: Prepare the feeder
Make a feed spreader. This will be used to support the feed out of the feeder. To do this, you will need to cut the bases and the cap to equal lengths. You can then assemble them using glue and enhance them using steel brads.
Step 7: Sand the edges
Since our goal is to create a smooth bird’s feeder, you can sand the edges using 120-grit sandpaper.
Step 8: Roofing panel
Start preparing the roofing panels of the feeder. You can cut them into their respective shapes using the table saw.
Step 9: Laminate the panels
Enhance the strength of the roof panels by laminating them. Silicone adhesive can give you the best results in bringing these panels together. You only need to put the adhesive between the panels, then press them together. After that, you can smoothen the edges of the laminated panels using sandpaper.
Step 10: Work on the slats
With the help of the brads, you can put the slats to space them equally and correctly. Once all of them are in their respective positions, mark their final lengths.
Step 11: Streamline the angles
Clamp the slats on their sides, then mark the cuts from different angles. The cuts will set the feeder at a proper position that will be convenient for the birds to access their food.
Step 12: Apply glue on the bottom and sides
Apply some glue on the bottom and sides of the feeder. You can then check the roof of the feeder to determine if it is secure in its position. You can then paint it using colors of your choice.
Step 13: Erect a stand
Erect a sturdy stand that will support the feeder into a proper position. It is advisable to use a metallic stand because it is resistant to various elements of weather. A tall one is the best for the job due to the extra security that it provides.
Here are some tips that you can use to install a bird feeder correctly and to ensure that it works perfectly:
Use quality material
Since the bird feeder will be exposed to various vagaries of nature, it is important to use quality materials for construction. The hardware should be able to survive both rain and scorching sun without a problem. Going for quality will also save you from the unnecessary costs of repair and maintenance.
Choose the correct material
Different bird feeders are designed for different locations. Your choice of location will determine the feeder to use. A bird feeder that is mounted on the window will need different material from that which will be positioned in the middle of the yard.
Be careful with the predators
Cats have a strong appetite for birds and won’t hesitate to make meals out of them. Do not position the bird feeder near a potted plant or anywhere that cats can easily access. Birds won’t come, and even if they do, they will always be scared away. Apart from predators, you also need to beware of other creatures like squirrels as they eat bird food.
Have you enjoyed the tutorial? The above-listed steps can guide you on how to build a beautiful bird feeder for your garden. Although you may require some basic woodwork knowledge and tools, you don’t have to spend tons of money to get the resources.