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« on: March 22, 2006 04:04:32 PM »

janx builds a bird feeder

i put bird seed in my planter. now it is coming close to time to replant the planter. i have gotten spoiled watching the cardinals come to my deck everyday. so i decided to put a bird feeder on the rail next to it. the problem is that this is my balcony and i don't want avian visitors pooping all over it. so i needed a design.

the problem with bird feeders is that they cost a lot of dough. plus, there wasn't a design for the situation i wanted. so i came up with one.

this is the stuff i bought. plastic plant pot bases. assorted hardware and rubber washers.

i attached the u-blots to the railing with washers attached.

then i drilled holes in the big plant base and attached it to the railing. through the center is a bolt that will hold it all together.

i drilled a hole in one of my smaller bases and put it in upside down.

this is the completed bird feeder with the last smaller base on top and secured with a nut. the larger base serves as the poop catcher. it has a hole in so it can be rinsed out. the larger birds (jays, etc.) will sit on the rim of the outside base, but the smaller ones will sit on the inside.

i thought about making the big base water tight so that it can be a bird bath (in one of the pics you can see where i made a stopper for draining by using a suction cup). i made a couple of mistakes though, and it leaks. there are changes to be made. first off, i am going to get a center bolt that is threaded all the way up and down. that way i can run a nut down over the washer on the bottom and tighten it so it doesn't leak. i bent the metal bar on one of the u-bolts, so it doesn't make the washer flush on the bottom. i need to flatten it out or buy a new one. it's the wet season, so the birds don't need a bath right now. so there's no hurry.

the feeder is a success. i have had several visitors today: house finches, blue jays and cardinals. nothing but jays and cardinals were visiting the planter, so the new bird feeder is attracting new visitors.
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2006 04:34:19 PM »

maybe you should move this over to HOME SWEET HOME - EXTERIOR DECORATING/YARD ART - COMPLETED PROJECTS. I say this because this is such an awesome project and I want to be able to find it again - great job, I may have to duplicate this. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2006 05:59:35 PM »

This is a great idea!

We have several railings around our house.

I will have to try your bird feeder.


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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2006 12:28:21 AM »

 Just what I have been looking for thanx !!!

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