How to Build a Bird Feeder

by Jesse on April 4, 2013

Bird Feeder

Bird Feeder

Chances are you came looking for how to build a bird feeder; we intend to make good on your search. Free bird feeder plans are available when you subscribe to receive future e-mail updates. Subscribe here.

We chose to use cedar wood for this bird feeder due to its natural resistance to rot and decay during outdoor use. The picket fence boards make great material and they’re cheap too.

The slot for the plexiglass can either be routed or made with a 1/8″ blade on a table saw. If you do use the table saw to make the slot you may need to use wood filler to fill in the bottom 5/16″ of the slot. In our experience we used the table saw, which made the 1/8″ plexi an interference fit, so there was no need.

If you have never assembled something using spax screws you’re in for a treat. These screws don’t require pre-drilling, awesome!


Let’s agree that there are several bird feeder designs out there; ours may just be another one to add to the mix but we promise we put a lot of thought into it and how to make this accessible to as many as possible.

This easy woodworking project is a great for beginners of all ages. We have kits available if you don’t have some of the bigger tools available to you yet. We offer discounts for buying in bulk; 25 or more.

If you came here wanting to know how to build a bird feeder we hope you’ve found what you were looking for.

Materials List

The materials list includes links to; if clicked we receive a small commission for your purchase at no additional cost to you. Although this may not be the most economical way to obtain these materials, It may offer convenience to some. Thank You!

2 – 5/8″ x 5 1/2″ x  6′ Cedar Dog Ear Picket Fence boards

2 – 1/8″ x 6″ x 12″ Clear Plexi or Lexan

2- 5/16″ x 5″ Eyebolts (w/ 4 washers and 4 nuts)

2 – 1 1/2 Hinges

20 – #6 x 1 1/4″ Spax screws

8 – #6 x 1/2″ Spax screws

1 – 38″ Cable, wire or chain to hang from eyebolts

*Optional – 1 – Hook and Eyes Latch


Thank You,

The Saw It Woodworking Team


Coming soon… Hardware, wood and full Bird Feeder Kits


Let us know your experience in building the bird feeder; good or bad. Leave a message in the comments below.