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« on: January 11, 2016 11:46:31 AM »


A neighbor graciously gave me this 1940s radio because he (yes, Mr. Mercer, that would be you....) knew I could do something wonderful with it. I gutted it then let it sit, waiting for inspiration. My cheap plastic birdfeeder fell off the deck recently and I said to myself upon seeing it, "I should make a new one for my poor little feathered friends." When I entered my room, there sat the radio and the rest is history.

Here is the first before pic



and gutted with my kitty showing off the usable parts



cut the top off a plastic bottle.


marked with Sharpie and cut. I wanted a nice curved "roof" system to match the curves of the radio and serve to keep rain out of feeder. I posted a question in the Misc. category of how to get the marker off the plastic after cutting. I found the solution thanks to my Craftster friends who rock!!


view of the back. Was this ever an interesting issue! I wanted to keep the whole thing plastic rather than wood, which might get sort of rottish in the rain. I had a nice big plastic tray to use as the new back. Alas, it was the wrong type of plastic and shattered at the sight of a cutting tool.
Next I decided to cut into my own wastebasket because the plastic looked more flexible. The basket was not big enuf so I was going to cut 2 smaller pieces and have to create some sort of hinge system in the back to keep them on.
that plastic also shattered.
guy who lives downstairs 'donated' an entire side of his awesome white tall trashbasket which was an absolute breeze to cut into. Like pudding. I loved it!!  (how can you be so happy about slicing a trashbasket? Life is strange.)
I painted it my fave color and one I think complements brown.
I also painted the screws and washers so they would all look so purty.


The volume and some other nameless knob went right back into their normal places. the tuner, however, could not go back to its original position. I hemmed and hawed about not putting it anywhere at all, but in the end, how could I abandon such a pretty vintage piece?  I stuck it in the middle of the speaker which is prolly making some antique dealer roll over in his grave.

I bought a plastic honeydipper and cut it where I wanted, for the perch. had to drill a new hole for that. Actually, I was too lazy to go borrow Joe's drill again so I burned a hole in it using my wee woodburning tool. This old plastic smells like cloves when it burns.

I was gonna shlepp over to the hardware store (They've got allen wrenches, gerbil feeders, toilet seats, electric heaters Trash compactors, juice extractor, shower rods and water meters Walkie-talkies, copper wires safety goggles, radial tires BB pellets, rubber mallets, fans and dehumidifiers) to get a flange to go between the chassis and the roof I cut, but in the end decided to make my own by cutting the edge off a coffee can lid.

thanks for looking!!  I had (mostly) a blast making this.

P.S.  ten points to Gryffindor if you can id the song lyrics.

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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2016 12:49:52 PM »

Super neato!
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2016 12:54:53 PM »

Ah, I had to google the song lyrics. I shoulda known. Smiley Does the seed sit down in the bottom, or is there a cup of some sort? Either way, if I were a bird I would totally hang out at your feeder.
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2016 01:02:09 PM »

The first bird that uses the feeder you need to name Elvis!   Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2016 01:19:10 PM »

ChameleonHound, the seed is just loose at the bottom. I cannot fill it too full, as the seed will dribble out the speakers!
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2016 08:10:12 PM »

This is so cool looking! You always come up with the most creative solutions using what you have on hand.



ps matching salt and pepper shakers
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2016 09:05:08 PM »

What a creative reuse!! So cool. I bet some rockin' robins will end up living there Wink.
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2016 06:30:06 AM »

You have an amazing imagination!  I would never had looked at that old thing and thought "birdfeeder"! Grin

Excellent job...and I love not only the mechanics of how you did it, but the lovely addition of some artistic flair...the turquoise color is beautiful!
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2016 07:17:50 AM »

Super imaginative!  I love your kitty.   Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2016 09:30:22 AM »

What a great idea! I love the pop of turquoise!
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