By A.J. Hamler
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But not so tight the wood splits. BASIC BIRD H O U SE 55 Building the Nesting Shelf Begin by cutting the nest shelf sides to size, then transfer the side pattern onto the workpieces. Cut out this pattern using a band saw or scroll saw, or with a jig saw as shown in PHOTO 1. As with the Basic Birdhouse project (PAGE 50), I’ve used a 10-degree angle at the tops of the sides for the roof slope. You can adjust this if you’d like a shallower or steeper roof. Attach the sides to the main shelf with glue and nails and measure the exact width of the assembly.
My markings are dark for the camera. Make yours lighter and easier to remove. PHOTO 3 With the divider location marked, drill pilot holes for screws. Countersink them from the other side. ADAPTABLE H OPPER FEED ER 45 for refilling, you’ll want a hinged lid. Measure the completed feeder and cut a lid that allows ⅛" overhang at the front and on both sides of the feeder for smooth lid clearance. Cut a pair of 1½" wide side pieces matching the lid width. Attach these to the lid sides with glue and brads or nails, being sure that the side pieces are flush at the front and back.
You probably already know where you want to place your feeder, but depending on the location you may have a choice of ways to mount it upright. If there are trees you can simply attach the feeder to a tree with screws, strap it in place with zip ties or other strapping, or if it is a seasonal feeder just hang it in place with duct tape and take it down at season’s end. There’s no tree needed if you attach a mounting pole to the feeder and drive it into the ground. I’ve used a standard piece of 2x2 pine sharpened at the bottom and coated with an exterior stain for protection.