“More and more people are becoming immersed in woodworking all the time. Woodworking uses wood and specific tools to create beautiful pieces that can last a lifetime. For anyone interested in do it yourself woodworking who wants a simple plan to get started, this plan for a bird feeder is perfect. You want to start off with a simple project so you’re not taking on too much and getting overwhelmed.
To get started you want to cut out the back 8 x 10 with a 30 degree peak for the roof. Start by shaping the roof and then you want to start building the holes for the birds to go through to get their food. Cut the larger hole about 1 ¼” and this should be four inches or so up from the bottom of the wood. The smaller hole should only be cut about ¼” in size.
Make sure when you’re cutting your pieces that you always measure twice and cut once. This is the rule of woodworkers, because you’re always going to be better off having to cut extra off a piece that’s too large rather than having to start over from scratch because you cut a piece too short. Now you want to cut the two side pieces which should be 1 ½ x 6” and the front at 1 ½ x 8”. Now you need to put together all the different pieces.
Now that you have all your pieces you can start joining them together and actually creating your bird feeder. Carpenter’s glue is best to use here so don’t try going with any of the cheaper regular glues because they probably won’t be strong enough to hold the pieces of wood together. Carpenter’s glue is best for this as it’s really strong and regular glues may not hold the wood properly. After everything’s glued together, you want to put two nails in each joining to make sure that everything’s secure.
Once you have the front and bottom glued on you can start putting in nails. This is going to add to the security of the piece and make sure the poor birdies don’t fall out when they go to get a bite to eat. This is a very simple do it yourself woodworking plan but one that can still be difficult for beginners. As you progress and hone your skills you can start to take on more complex woodworking projects.”