Step 3: Build the base

Build the base bird feeder
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Turn the 4½-inch square on edge, and hold it steady with a bar clamp. Drill a 
¼-inch hole about ½ inch deep into the center of the square’s edge. Repeat until you have a hole on each edge.

Glue 4-inch-long perches into the holes.

Glue and nail the other circle onto the square with the perches.

On the square side of the circle/square pair, drill a ¾-inch-deep hole into the center with a ½-inch spade bit. Exchange the spade bit for a ¼-inch bit, and drill all the way through the pair. The bigger hole will help hold the hanging wire in place.

Hey, kids! Here’s a trick to find the center of the square: Just draw a diagonal line from each corner to the opposite corner to make an X on the face of the square. The place where the lines intersect is the center.
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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