How to build a deer feeder

This step by step diy project is about how to build a deer feeder. If you want to build a learn more about building a nice deer feeder, pay attention to this project. Follow the instructions and pay attention to the diagrams and build the structure, even if you are a beginner when it comes to woodworking. Take a look over the rest of the projects, to see more alternatives and design ideas.

You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. In most of the cases, you need a friend to give you a hand when assembling the deer feeder. Invest in high quality lumber and plywood, as the components will be exposed to bad weather. Protect the components with appropriate paint or stain.

There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tools when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure

 

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How to build a deer feeder

Building a deer feeder

Building a deer feeder

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 48″ long POSTS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 57″ long, 2 pieces – 22 1/2″ long FRAME
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long SUPPORTS
  • D – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 20″ long, 2 pieces – 23 1/4″ long RAFTERS
  • E – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 20″x56″ long, 1 piece – 20 3/4×56″ long ROOFING SHEETS
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 19 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 47″ long CLEATS
  • G – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 22 1/2″x47″ long BOTTOM

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws

Time

  • One Week

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Building the frame

Building the frame

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the deer feeder. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to assemble the frame out of 2×6 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the side components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the 22 1/2″ components. Make sure the corners are right-angled.

 

Fitting the legs

Fitting the legs

 

Continue the project by attaching the 4×4 legs to the frame of the deer feeder. Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Make sure the legs are plumb and check if the corners are right-angled.  Dig 20″ deep holes and secure the legs into the ground properly.

 

Fitting the cleats

Fitting the cleats

 

Continue the project by attaching the 2×2 cleats to the interior of the frame. Drill pilot holes through the cleats and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the frame of the deer feeder.

 

Fitting the floor

Fitting the floor

 

Next, you need to attach a piece of 3/4″ plywood to the cleats. Smooth the edges and make sure there are no gaps between the components.

 

Building the supports

Building the supports

 

Build the vertical supports out of 2×4 lumber. Cut the top of the supports at 45 degrees, on both sides. Center the supports to the sides of the structure, plumb them with a spirit level. drill pilot holes and lock them into place using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and leave no gaps between the components.

 

Building the rafters

Building the rafters

 

Next, you need to attach the rafters to the vertical supports. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to cut the ends of the components at 45 degrees. Drill pilot holes and secure the rafters together tightly using 2 1/2″ screws. In addition, drill pilot holes and secure the rafters to the supports with 2 1/2″ screws.

 

Attaching the roofing sheets

Attaching the roofing sheets

 

Build the roofing sheets out of 3/4″ plywood. Attach the sheets to the rafters and align all edges with great attention. Drill pilot holes through the sheets and insert galvanized nails to lock everything together tightly.

 

Deer feeder plans

Deer feeder plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours. Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.

Smart Tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Check out the rest of the outdoor plans featured on our website.

 

 

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