Step 7: Assemble the feeder

Assemble the feeder build bird
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Brace the soda-bottle cylinder on a scrap of wood clamped to a worktable. Drill four evenly spaced ¼-inch holes 1½ inches from the cylinder’s edge.

Feed the wire attached to the base through the cylinder. Fit the cylinder over the circle on the base, positioning the feeding holes above the perches. Nail the cylinder to the base with blued tacks.

Thread the wire through the top by going through the circle first, then out through the copper peak. Fit the top into the cylinder.

To hold the top on, slide a rubber grommet onto the top of the wire, and push it tight against the copper peak. This is your assembled bird feeder.
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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