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Here's a plan for a bird feeder that you can make from the scraps left over from other jobs. Whether you're feeding birds for the winter or attracting them to your yard in the spring, this feeder is a great way to recycle your shop scraps. This also makes a great project to share with a child. You can use the project to teach a child some basic woodworking skills with an emphasis on shop and tool safety.
Use this checklist when you go to the store and purchase your items.
Cut PVC pipe to length. Use the jigsaw to cut a 140° segment. File and sand.
Saw roof to 9 inches x 14 inches.
Saw 1 x 2 pieces to shapes and sizes shown.
Drill pilot holes for brads, screweyes and screws. Countersink screw holes.
With the base pieces clamped together, drill holes for dowels.
Glue 1 x 2 strut under roof and attach with 3 screws.
Glue 1 x 2 side pieces to base pieces and attach with brads and clamps until dry.
Attach tops of 1 x 2 side pieces to roof and ends of roof strut with glue and brads.
Cut dowels to length to match assembly and install in holes in base pieces.
Paint roof, if desired.
Place pipe segment between central dowels.
Tie rope to screweyes for hanging.
*Time and Cost are estimated.