How to Make a Bird Table

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Some birds prefer to eat seed off the ground rather than perching on the rungs of a tube-feeder. Sparrows and cardinals are examples of birds who fall into this category. To feed them in a yard also occupied by cats, dogs and kids, build them a bird-table that can be hung out of reach of all except hungry birds. This is a simple carpentry project that's especially fun to do with children.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 piece Plywood, 1/4 inch thick (measuring 12
  • inches long x 18 inches wide)
  • 1 6-foot piece Lathe (1 inch x 1/2 inch), cut in 4 pieces: 2 pieces 12 inches long, 2 pieces 17 inches long
  • 12-15 Brads, 3/4 inch long
  • 4 Medium Cup Hooks
  • 1 Brass Ring, 1-inch in diameter
  • 1 Large S-Hook (large enough to hang table on pole-bracket and thin enough to fit into chain-link) 1Bird Feeder Pole (with crook-bracket at top, 5-6 feet)
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • 5 16-inch Pieces of Med-Gauge Brass Chain (check in the store to make sure chain will fit cup-hooks, ring, and S-hook before you have it cut)
  • 1 Bag Bird Seed (sunflower or fruit/seed mix)
  • Lay out lumber strips to make a rim around the edges of your plywood. 12-inch strips will completely cover short sides of plywood, and 17-inch strips will cover the long sides.

  • Hammer brads into strips to attach them to plywood. If you are doing this with a child, teach him or her to hold the brad in pliers. Do the hammering yourself. This saves on mashed fingers.

  • Screw a cup-hook into rim close to each of the four corners.

  • Attach a piece of chain to each cup-hook. Once chain is attached, use pliers to bend cup-hook into a closed loop (so chain cannot pull off).

  • Use pliers and open the ring. Attach loose ends of chains, including the fifth piece of chain.

  • Holding bird table by the fifth chain, check to make sure it hangs level. Adjust where chains attach to ring, one link at a time. Once your table hangs level, close the ring with pliers.

  • Slip large S-hook onto end of fifth chain.

  • Mount pole in your yard, preferably close to trees or bushes that birds can use for "cover." Attach bird table, using S-hook. Add bird-seed and watch the fun.

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