Whether you’re an average bird watcher or you just want to sharpen your woodworking skills, this DIY Bird Feeder project is custom-made for you. This bird feeder can attract birds from miles around to feast in your backyard.
It’s made from pressure-treated Southern Yellow Pine to last for years that will look great the entire time. Mount it on a wall outside the window for a truly unique viewing experience or simply install it near your deck. Either way, it will make you and the birds happy. This is the project is relatively simple so you could make it in half a day in the shop, maybe a whole day if you really wanted to go slowly.
Once you’ve made this project, let us know how it went. We’d love to see it and brag on you, OK?
Check out the step-by-step instructions below, or you can print out a cut list and overview of the build here: DIY Bird Feeder from Wood. It’s Real. PDF Download.
As you get started, here’s a handy video that takes you through all the steps to make your bird feeder.
We recommend getting the following supplies:
If you don’t have a nail gun or pneumatic staple gun, screws or nails could be used to put this bird feeder together, and tacks could be used to attach the mesh.
OVERALL DIMENSIONS OF THE BIRD FEEDER
Before you begin, you can cut your board into two sections so it’s slightly easier to manage, making two pieces – one at around 4.5 feet long and the other around 5.5′ feet long. Also, it can be a good idea to cut off the factory edges of your lumber by running it through a table saw for a super smooth edge, just be careful not to take off too much. See the how-to video to see what we mean.
With your board prepped, follow these cuts for your DIY bird feeder:
STEP 3: Glue the Octagon Together; Measure, Cut & Attach Lateral Cross Brace
BONUS TIPS FOR GETTING THE PERFECT OCTAGON
If you’re looking for an alternative to the glue-only method, just look for small mending plates at your local home improvement store. They’re super affordable and can be easily bent into a 22 and a half degree angle, then fastened to the inside of each joint.
Miter clamps are handy to keep glued joints tight while they dry.
Stainable Wood Filler
If you find imperfections with how your frame lines up at the joints, try using stainable wood filler to fill it out. Put a little on a putty knife, and fill in each of the joints you don’t love. You can also fill in any knot holes or nail holes that you may find around the perimeter of this entire piece. Once the wood filler dries, sand it all smooth.
STEP 4: Smooth the Joints, Router the Edges of the Octagon
STEP 5: Install Wire Mesh Bottom
NOTE: If you’re painting or staining the bird feeder, do it before installing the wire mesh bottom.
STEP 7: Build Mounting Brackets
STEP 8: Angle Cut Mounting Post Ends
STEP 9: Attach Mounting Post to Mounting Bracket
STEP 10: Attach Bird Feeder to Mounting Post
STEP 11: Attach to a Good Bird Feeding Spot and Enjoy