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Make a birdfeeder!

Materials Needed

  1. one piece of wood, 1/2" x 10" x 10"
  2. one piece of wood, 1/2" x 2" x 23"
  3. sixteen 1 1/4" common nails
  4. one small can of stain 

Tools Needed

  1. one try square
  2. one crosscut saw
  3. one hammer
  4. one paintbrush
  5. one pencil 





  1. Cut the 10-inch bottom for the feeder from the board 1/2-inch thick by 10-inches wide. This is done by measuring 10 inches from a good straight end of the board. Draw a line across the board by using a try square to guide your pencil.
  2. Place the board in your vise and cut it on the line with a crosscut saw. 
  3. Make the frame with four 5  3/4-inch side pieces cut from a board 1/2-inch thick, 2-inches wide, and 23-inches long. Measure and mark the four side pieces with the try square and cut with the crosscut saw in the same way as for the bottom piece.
  4. To assemble the birdfeeder, nail the side pieces together at each joint with two 1 1/4-inch nails. This is easy if you secure one piece in a vise.
  5. Nail one side of each board to the end of another board. Be sure to nail one end of one board to the end of another board. Repeat until all sides are nailed together and form a perfect square. 
  6. Measure and mark 2 inches from each of the four edges of the bottom square. Place the bottom board on the frame so that the outline of the frame touches the 2-inch marks that you have just made. Nail the bottom board to the frame with the same sized nails you used on the frame.  Use two nails for each side of the frame.
  7. Stain the feeder to protect it from the weather.
  8. Nail the feeder to a post, or wire it to a branch of a tree.
  9. Put bread crumbs, seeds, or suet in your feeder every day during the winter.