Synopses & Reviews
This easy-to-follow manual contains simple instructions and illustrations for building 12 feeders in classic and contemporary designs. Suitable for space ranging in size from large suburban yards to tiny apartment terraces, these structures include a near-ground feeder, a hanging cardinal feeder, a post/hanging thistle feeder, a weathervane feeder, an acrylic pyramid, a five-position multispeed feeder, a traditional chalet-style feeder, and more.
Easy-to-Make Bird Feeders for Woodworkers also describes construction materials and basic tools, explains how to work with glass and plastic, provides construction tips, suggests design features (single-perch, multiple-perch, and open-style feeders); discusses food-dispersal systems, the size and shape of seed openings, ways to protect food from weather spoilage and even how to make your feeder squirrel-proof.
You'll also find a wealth of helpful information on common avian species, do-it-yourself food-source recommendations, special dietary requirements of the hummingbird, how to attract birds you want, how to select a site, how to hang and support the feeder, and more.
Enhanced by numerous diagrams, detailed illustrations, and nine tables (with lumber sizes, birds' food preferences, etc.), this modestly priced how-to book invites woodworkers at all levels of expertise to build attractive and inexpensive feeders that will be a pleasure to create and delightfully rewarding to watch.
Detailed, simple-to-use guide for designing, constructing, caring for, and using feeders. Text, illustrations for 12 classic and contemporary designs.
Detailed, simple-to-use guide offers common sense coverage of the basics of construction, materials, tools, plus selecting the right type of feeder, how to attract the species you want, and much more.
Table of Contents
List of Tables
I. Construction Basics
Tools of the Trade
Working with Plastics
Working with Glass
Squirrel-proofing and Species-specific Designs
Unconventional Design Materials and Sources of Supply
Construction Tips and Techniques
II. Selecting the Right Feeder
Types of Feeders
Commercially Available Bird Food
Nontypical and Do-It-Yourself Food Recommendations
III. Attracting the Right Bird
Common Species and Their Food Preferences
What the Table Shows
IV. Detailed Design Suggestions
Portable Near-Ground Feeder
Hanging Cardinal Feeder
Fourplex Cavity Feeder
Post/Hanging Thistle Feeder
Five-Position Multiseed Feeder
Traditional Chalet-style Feeder
V. Final Placement
General Site Selection and Mounting
Seasonal Feeding Requirements
Feeder Discovery Periods
Storing Seed and General Yearly Maintenance
VI. In Closing
Some Planting Suggestions