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Volume 44 /  Issue 4

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Gourmet Bird Feeder
Here's a large, unique designed feeder that's a pleasure to look at -- PLUS -- it gives visiting lucky birds their choice of four seeds!

If you're a lover of nature, you'd probably agree that the more species of birds you can get to visit a bird feeder in your yard, the happier you'll be. If that's the case, here's a uniquely designed feeder that you can load with up to four different types of seeds to bring a variety of birds within easy sight. Just match the birds you choose to attract with the seeds they prefer to eat. We've even provided a brief table of seed types at the end of this article to help you make the right choices.

How to build it
Because it's so attractive and should last outdoors indefinitely without any type of finish, we built our Gourmet feeder out of redwood. However, any durable, weatherproof wood such as Western red cedar or cypress would also be fine...though we would not recommend the use of pressure-treated lumber, due to its toxicity. The main body of our feeder is made from 3/4" stock, while the windows (J) compartment dividers (K) and edging (M) are cut from 1/4" plexiglass or similar see-through plastic material.

Start by cutting the four end pieces (A,B), deflectors (C), bottom (D) and the roof rafter (E) to length. Follow the pattern in the drawings and use your bandsaw or scroll saw to form the shapes on the ends (A,B). Next, rout the 1/4" grooves in the end pieces (A) to accept the front and back windows (J). Drill the 1/2" dia. x 3/8" deep holes for the dowel perches (H) in the end pieces (A). Rout a 3/8" deep x 3/8" wide rabbet on the OUTSIDE TOP edges of the bottom end pieces (A) -- and the INSIDE BOTTOM edges of the top end pieces (B). These rabbets help to create a weatherproof seal when the feeder is assembled. You'll need to square the rabbets on the top end pieces (B) with a chisel.

Tilt your saw table to 45 degrees and cut the beveled edges of the deflectors (C) to form the pyramid-shape that will keep the seed moving down into the feeder. Use some small brass or copper brads and weatherproof glue to assemble these two pieces together, then attach the assembly to the bottom using brads. Adjust your saw table to a 30 degree tilt and bevel the top edge of the roof rafter (E).


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Assembly Drawing
Layout View
Detail A
Detail B
Detail F
Detail L
Detail K
List of Materials