Free Bird Feeder Tutorial

Build a Bird Feeder

White-breasted Nuthatch at bird feeder

Bird feeders come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. With this bird feeder tutorial, you can build a bird feeder with plexiglass sides to be able to view the amount of seed in the feeder. The top has a flip to open lid for easy filling, and the perch on each side is large enough to accommodate most songbirds.

This is an easy project to build, one that will bring years of enjoyment.

Difficulty Level

  • Woodworking Level: Easy
  • Finishing: None
  • Time to Complete: 2-3 Hours
  • Recommended Tools:
    • Miter Saw or Circular Saw
    • Table Saw
    • Cordless Drill or Power Drill with bits
    • Claw Hammer
  • Materials Needed
    • 2 – 1×8 x 8 Rough-cut Cedar
    • 1 – 4′ piece of 1/2″ Dowel
    • 2 – 5-3/4″ x 15″ pieces of 1/8″ plexiglass
    • 2 – small brass hinges with screws
    • 4d finish nails

Cut the Base Pieces to Length

Cut the Bird Feeder Parts

The first step is to cut the pieces for the edges of the base. Using a miter saw or circular saw, cut one piece of 1×8 cedar to 16-inches in length, and the second piece to 13-inches in length. These two pieces will be ripped to the proper width in an upcoming step.

Additionally, cut two pieces of 1×8 to 16-inches in width. These will serve as the bottom of the feeder ​and will be ripped to 4-inches in width in an upcoming step.

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