This step by step woodworking project is about how to build a platform bird feeder. I personally like having singing bird in my backyard. That is why over time I have built many bird houses and feeder, to attract them to my property and to help them get over the winter. This project is about building a simple platform bird feeder from common materials.
We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Made from this plan
- A – 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 12″ long BOTTOM
- B – 2 piece of 1×2 lumber – 13 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 5″ long TRIMS
- C – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8″ long BRACES
- D – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 7″ long GABLE ENDS
- E – 6 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 16 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 1×1 lumber – 16 1/2″ long ROOFING
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Weekend
Bird feeder plans
Build the bottom of the tray from 1×4 lumber.
Use 1×2 lumber for the trims. Cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees and lock them to the bottom with glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails.
Attach 1×2 supports to the ends of the tray, as shown in the plans. Make sure the corners are right-angled.
Build the gable ends from 1×4 lumber. Cut the sides at 45 degrees.
Attach the 1×2 slats to the roof of the bird feeder. Use brad nails and glue to lock the slats into place.
Smooth the surface with sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to protect the components from the elements. However, make sure you don’t use products that are toxic for the birds.
Platform Bird Feeder Plans
The first step of the project is to assemble the tray for the birdhouse. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to build the bottom from 1×4 lumber and the trims from 1×2 lumber. Cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees.
Add glue to the joints for a better bond.
Use 1 1/4″ brad nails to lock the trims into place.
Fit the rest of the trims to the tray. Align the edges with attention for a professional result.
The tray once assembled looks already beautiful.
Attach 1×2 vertical supports to the sides of the tray. I used some scrap pieces for the bird feeder, so don’t mind the angle cut at the top.
Make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the nails.
Build the components for the roof of the bird feeder. Use 1×4 slats for the gable ends and 1×2 slats for the roofing.
Add glue to the roofing slats and clamp them together tightly. Align the edges with attention before clamping them together.
Next, attach the roofing boards to the gable ends, as shown in the image. Insert 1 1/4″ nails to lock the boards into place. Add glue if you want to enhance the bond of the components.
Fit the roofing boards on the opposite side of the roof.
The gable roof for the platform bed feeder seen from another angle.
Use brad nails to lock the vertical supports to the roof of the bird feeder.
The bird feeder is almost ready for use. All it need is some sanding and a few coats of stain to protect the components from decay.
I sanded the components with 80 grit sandpaper, followed by 120 grit sandpaper. Drill pilot holes and insert two eye screws to the roof of the bird feeder. Hang the bird feeder to a tree and fill the tray with seeds.
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