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Hummingbird Feeder

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Hummingbird Feeder Completed
Hummingbird Feeder

If you’re looking for an easy to build hummingbird feeder this one is perfect.  I made this hummingbird feeder in only a few hours.  I got the plan from a book written by A.J. Hamler.  A.J. is a an excellent woodworker and his book:  Easy to Build Birdhouses – A Natural Approach is a fun one.  I’ve made several projects from this book and I wrote a book review where I have more information if your interested.  The tubes for the feeder you can find in pet stores in the pet bird feeder section.  I wanted to make a few of these so I ordered mine off of Amazon.  The little feeder tubes at the end I ordered online, but I’ve seen these in bird stores too.  I put links at the bottom of this post where you can find some of the items I used to build this.

For a little extra help with this project I also put together a video of how I made this below.  If you make one of these be sure to post a picture of it over on the WoodLogger Facebook Page.  I’d love to see how yours turns out.




Not a lot for this one.  I used a single 8′ board of cedar that I was able to pickup at Lowe’s.

  • (2)  2″ x 2″ x 8″ – Cedar
  • (4)  1″ x 4″ x 8″ – Cedar
  • (4)  2″ x 4″ x 8″ – Cedar
  • (1)  1″ x 2″ x 8″ – Cedar

Milling & Assembly

Hummingbird Feeder PartsFor the bench I chose to make all of my cuts using a miter saw.  Nothing complicated about these cuts.  The whole thing is made with only 5 boards.
Hummingbird Feeder Mark UpI used a quick corner marking tool to get my corners for the bottom and top of the feeder.
 Hummingbird Feeder Finished CutsFor the finish cuts, I did all of them using my band-saw.  You could do these with a jig saw too.  These are simple and quick cuts.
Hummingbird Feeder HoleFor the top of the feeder I cut holes all the way through it.  For the bottom of the feeder.  I cut the holes about an inch deep, and then cut another hole for the feeder tubes to slide through.
Hummingbird Feeder AssemblyI used exterior rated glue and brads to attach the bottom of the feeder to the base and sides.
Hummingbird Feeder AssemblyFor the handle I used a brass piano wire that I picked up at a hobby store.  The sides are bent and go into the sides of the feeder.
Hummingbird Feeder AssemblyAfter I had the feeder assembled,  I inserted the Hummingbird Feeder Tubes into the bottom, and then slid the Bird Feeder Tube 8 1/2″ into the feeder tubes.


Not a lot to this one.  I did a light sanding with a medium grit sandpaper, and then applied a coat of an exterior lacquer to help protect it form the elements.


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  1. I really enjoyed building this feeder. I got my tubes from Amazon , a pack of 12 was $14.99. My question is how to sand the bottom 2 holes. Also I noticed the list of materials was more than the instructions called for. I made 2 at the same time for an elderly neighbor lady, and she was thrilled. Thanks for the idea. I also got the bottom curved tube with cork and flower on the end at Amazon

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