Build a cedar birdfeeder from a fence picket! Includes step by step diagrams and shopping list/cut list - plans from Ana-White.com
- 1 cedar fence picket 5 1/2" wide x 72" long - can be dogeared. Expected thickness is 1/2" - but plan accounts for varying widths exterior wood glue suitable for oily woods
- 1 1/4" finish nails or small screws
- For hanging am eye-hook can be used
Cut the following from the cedar fence picket:
- 2 - 7 3/4" (cut to gable end point at 45 degree angles) - gable walls
- 1 - 7" - floor
- 1 - 10" (rip 1/2" off one edge to make width 5") - shorter roof
- 1 - 10" - longer roof
- 1 - ~8" (Measure and cut to fit as this may vary slightly depending on thickness of wood. Then from this board, cut two strips 1 1/2" wide for finished measurement of ~8" by 1 1/2")
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Attach walls to the bottom.
Attach shorter roof to walls.
Attach wider roof to walls and shorter roof.
Attach side rails to sides.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.