Step 4: Wire the base

Wire the base build bird feeder
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Cut a piece of vinyl-covered wire about 3 feet long. Feed the wire through the hole in the base.

Using a pair of pliers, fold over the wire’s tip on the square side of the base to make a little knot. Pull the knotted end back into the larger hole until it stops at the circle. Make sure it’s all the way in the hole and doesn’t stick out of the square. Glue and nail the last 3½-inch square over the hole to cover it.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
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    • 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