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How to Make a Window Bird Feeder

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Window Bird FeederI’ve made a lot of bird houses and feeders over the years and they’re always fun projects.  This window bird feeder was a fun and easy project to build.  I used only one board to make this, along with a small piece of aluminum screen, and some screw eyes.  Using suction cups you can mount this easily to an outside window and watch the birdies from the inside.  This feeder was heavily influenced by a plan from a book titled: Birdhouses & More.  It’s a good book and the author does a great job of keeping things simple.  I modified my feeder slightly from what the author does.  The cuts and assembly are extremely easy and this makes it an excellent beginning woodworking project.

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.

 

 

Material List

(1) 1″ x 2″ x 8′ – cedar

Cut List

(2) .75″ x 1.5″ x 13.5″ front and back
(2) .75″ x 1.5″ x 8″ sides
(2) .75″ x 1.5″ x 8″ support sides
(2) .75″ x 1.5″ x 2″ support spacers

Milling & Assembly

Window Bird Feeder Rough CutsTo get started on building the Window Bird Feeder.  I cut all of my boards to size.  I used my miter saw for this, but any good saw should be able to do the job easily.
Window Bird Feeder Window Bird Feeder Assembly Window Bird Feeder AssemblyFor assembly I used (a lot of) exterior rated glue to the sides and front and back boards.  I clamped these up until they were dry (about an hour).  The glue up surface should be enough to hold this together.  I could have reinforced using screws or brads, but I think mine will hold up.
Window Bird Feeder Assembly Window Bird Feeder AssemblyFor the bottom of the window bird feeder I cut a piece of screen to size and attached it using a staple gun.  There are different types of screen available I used aluminum for mine.
Window Bird Feeder Support Assembly Window Bird Feeder Assembly Window Bird Feeder Support AssemblyThe next step is to create the support bars.  To do this I attached the support spacers to the support bars using an exterior rated glue.  I clamped them up until dry (about an hour).
Window Bird Feeder Assembly Window Bird Feeder SupportsTo hang my feeder I chose to use some simple screw eyes installed into the top of the support bars.  I pre-drilled the holes for the screw eyes to ensure I didn’t split the wood.
Window Bird Feeder Window Bird Feeder AssemblyTo finish my windows bird feeder I attached the support bars to the feeder using an exterior rated glue and screws.  I placed the bars inset from the sides about .75″ and about .25″ inset from the top.

To mount this to my window; I used suction cups that I picked up at a local big box store.

 

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