Platform Bird Feeder Plans

Julian March 26, 2013 Comments Off

 

This step by step diy project is about platform bird feeder plans. Building a bird feeder is easy but you should choose the design that suits your needs and that is adequate for the birds you want to attract in your yard. Moreover, choose a proper location that is protected from cats and other predators. Hang the feeder in a tree (6′ above ground) or attach it to a wooden post.

Before starting the actual construction of the bird feeder, we recommend you to adjust its size and design to your own needs. In addition, don’t forget that you should invest in the best materials you could afford, such as pine, cedar or redwood. Align the slats at both ends and drill pilot holes before inserting the galvanized screws or nails, to prevent the wood from splitting.

  • A – 1 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 16×16” long BASE
  • B – 2 piece of 1×3 lumber – 16″, 2 pieces – 17 1/2″ long TRIMS
  • C – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 18 1/2″ long  SUPPORTS
  • D – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 17 1/2″ long RAFTERS
  • E – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber (1/4″ thick) – 22 1/2″ long ROOF

 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander, Post-hole digger

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

 One weekend

 

Building a Platform Bird

Building a platform bird feeder

Building a platform bird feeder

 

Top Tip: There are many designs and plans you could choose when building a platform bird feeder. You can build just a simple platform or you could add a simple roof, as in the image.

 

Platform Bird Feeder Plans

Buidling the base of the bird feeder

Building the base of the bird feeder

The first step of the project is to build the floor of the bird feeder. As you can easily notice in the image, you need to build the base from 3/4″ plywood and attach 1×3 trims to the four sides.

After cutting the 16×16 plywood, you need to apply waterproof glue to the trims and attach them to the edges of the plywood. In addition, we recommend you to drive several finishing nails into the plywood, to get rigid joints.

Building the supports

Building the supports

Next, you need to build the front and back supports, using the information from our free plans. As you can easily notice in the image, we recommend you to build the supports from 1×8 lumber.

Mark the cut lines on the slats and make the cuts with a good circular saw. Afterwards, cut out the rectangle inside the slat with a jigsaw. Smooth all the edges with fine-grit sandpaper.

Attaching the supoorts

Attaching the supports

 

Continue the woodworking project by attaching the supports to the trims, as in the image.

Center the components to the trims, align them with the bottom of the floor and lock them into place with waterproof glue and finishing nails.

 

Attaching the gable ends

Attaching the gable ends

One of the last steps of the project is to build the rafters and to attach them to the top of the supports. As you can easily see in the plans, you need to make the component from 1×4 lumber.

Top Tip: Use a circular saw with a sharp blade to make the cuts and smooth the edges with sandpaper. Attach the rafters to the supports and lock them into place with glue and several 1 1/4″ finishing nails.

Attaching the roof slats

Attaching the roof slats

In order to protect the structure from rain and snow, we recommend you to attach several 1×4 slats (1/4″ thick) to the rafters. As you can see in the plans, the slats should overlap several inches. Drill small pilot holes and insert 1 1/4″ nails into the rafters.

Use weather-resistant lumber when building the components, if you want to get a professional and durable result. Make sure the slats are in a good shape, without cracks or other flaws.

Platform bird feeder plans

Platform bird feeder plans

Last but not least, you have to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes and the cracks with wood filler and let it dry out for several hours, before sanding the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.

Top Tip: Protect the wooden components from rot by applying several coats of paint. Choose colors that match the design of the rest of your property, as to enhance the look of the bird feeder.

 

This woodworking project was about platform bird feeder plans. If you want to see more outdoor plans, we recommend you to check out the rest of our step by step projects.

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