Kids Kit Project: $2 Cedar Birdfeeder

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 10:56
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Free plans to build a birdfeeder from a cedar fence picket! Includes step by step plans from

Although it sure doesn't feel like spring when you wake up to yet again more fresh snow and the mercury at -18F, I know it's April, and I know spring has to come eventually. 

The birds have started arriving up here in Alaska, and we always try to have our birdfeeder full and ready in preparation for our little neighbors. 

 Following the success of our birdhouse plans that many of you made as kits for kids to build themselves ...

Image from Harold Lee

image from Lady Goats

Of course we have to do a birdfeeder kids kit too!  To keep costs down, I again designed this plan from a cedar fence picket - which run about $2 up here in Alaska.  If you don't have cedar fence pickets, you can use any 1x6 board - but you'll need to make a few adjustments as noted in the plan because 1x6s are 3/4" thick while cedar fence pickets are normally 1/2" thick.

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Dimensions shown above.


Shopping List

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 a eye-hook can be used

Cut List

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 - from this board, cut two strips 1 1/2" wide for finished measurement of 8" approx x 1 1/2")

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

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!


Step 1

Attach walls to the bottom.

Step 2

Attach shorter roof to walls.

Step 3

Attach wider roof to walls and shorter roof.

Step 4

Attach side rails to sides.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.