Build a Bird Feeder Woodworking Project

This "Build a Bird Feeder Plan" is our version of a classic bird feeder design. A few improvements here and there from the original bird feeder that we've used for years will make this one last even longer. That's one reason I decided to make a plan available.

You can enjoy building this woodworking project with family or you can use it as a group learning project. After you're done you can also enjoy watching as the birds make a fuss over it.

Since I plan to make several of these for gifts and to sell, I added this build a bird feeder plan to my Woodworking Portfolio .

The dimensions listed below are the sizes that I used. You can get creative on your own and, using this plan as a guideline, build it to any dimension you want.

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1 2 Sides 10"w x 10"h
2 1 Bottom 10"w x 10"h
3 2 Roof 6 1/2"w x 13 1/2"h
4 2 Plastic Panel 10 1/4"w x 7 7/8"h
5 2 Spacers 1/4"t x 1/2"w x 3"L
6 2 Perch 1/2"t x 3/4"h x 10"L
7 2 Hinges 2"

Making the side panels. . .

I've found that with side panels such as these it's best to make a template first and then cut out the actual sides.

I rough out the cut on the band saw then finish the profile with a router and pattern bit such as this one from Rockler. You can also cut the profile very close on the band saw and then sand the edges.

Using a guide as shown above in the right side drawing, I've found it easiest to just use a hand saw or back saw to cut the grooves for the plastic panels.

Making the perch. . .

Blank out the perch using the dimensions in the chart above. I like to round over the top edges of the perch using a 1/4" roundover bit. It just gives it a finished look.

Making the bottom panel. . .

There's nothing special that needs to be done to the bottom except drilling several small drain holes. I use a 1/8" drill bit and it seems to work fine.

Start assembly. . .

Attach the perch rails and the spacers as shown here making sure they're flush with the outside edges. You can use nails, screws, or exterior wood glue or a combination that works best for you.

Build a bird feeder assembly

After attaching the sides then slide the plastic panels down into the grooves all the way to the stops. This clearance is set up to be 1/4" but this can be adjusted if necessary. Make sure the top of the plastic panels aren't sticking up above the sides at the top.

To get the correct angle for the roof edge set the roof panel on top of the sides and draw a vertical line up thru the top panel. Set your saw to this angle and bevel the edge of both roof panels.

Anchor one of the roof panels in place permanently. Lay the other panel in place and attach the hinges. When hanging the feeder make sure your hanging method doesn't interfere with the hinge operation.

Now that you're done with your build a bird feeder plans you should build several others while the process is fresh in your mind. They make great gifts and they're also fairly easy to sell.

A little more about bird feeders. . .

  • You shouldn't paint any bird feeder especially in the feeding area. Use a good outdoor wood and let your workmanship show through.
  • Take down the feeder in the spring and summer as the birds will have plenty to eat. You can use this time to refurbish the feeder if needed.
  • Keep fresh food in the feeder. Stale and wet bird feed should be thrown away where the birds can't get to it.
  • Hang your feeder out of the weather as much as possible. Also it's a bad idea to hang them too close to nest boxes and nesting areas.

These plans from the WOOD Store is another great resource to help you build a bird feeder. . .

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