Introduction

girl hanging handmade bird feeder
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Age Range: 5 and up

If you want hours of quiet entertainment, build yourself a bird feeder, fill it with seeds, then watch the feathery fliers swarm. Hang it outside your kitchen or living room window, and enjoy your chirping friends all year long. Especially as the cold months approach, your backyard visitors will be happy to have the free buffer. It's a great way to learn about birds too. A field guide of your region's avian species will help you figure out who's coming to lunch (try The Sibley Guide to Birds). Before you know it, you'll be putting names to the faces of your new friends.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • combination square
      Combination square or framing square
    • pencil compass
      Compass
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander or sanding block with 120-grit sandpaper
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with ¼-inch bit and ½-inch spade bit
    • scissors
      Scissors
    • wire cable snips
      Wire cutters
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Screwdriver

    Shopping List

    1. 2 feet of 1x6 cedar

    2. 2 feet of ¼-inch dowel

    3. 120-grit sandpaper

    4. Wood glue

    5. 4d finish nails

    6. -inch rubber grommet

    7. Epoxy8. Copper-topped post cap for a 4x4

    9. 1-liter soda bottle

    10. Three feet of 5⁄32-inch vinyl-covered wire

    11. -inch blued tacks

    12. Eye screw