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Hex Bird Feeder
This project appeared in our August 29th, 2003 Newsletter.

Hex Bird Feeder

We've had this bird feeder for a very long time and it's finally succumbing to the elements. Since we are going to replace it we decided to turn it into a project for you. We like it so much we figured you might like it just as we. The nice thing about it is that it has screen in the bottom so that the rain can run through and the bird seed will dry out really good after the rain.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2" X 2" X 60" cedar
  • 2" X 4" X 20" cedar
  • 4" X 1" X 16" cedar
  • 1" X 3/4" X 60" cedar
  • 4" X 1" X 6" cedar
  • Window screen 16" X 16"
  • Glue
  • nails
  • (4) 2 1/2" #8 deck screws
Cut down a 2" X 2" to 1 1/2" X 1" for the top hex frame.
Radius the top side using a 1/2" round over bit in your router.

Cut this down to (6) 9" pieces with 30 degrees on each end.
Cut the bottom hex frame 1" X 3/4" into (6) 9" pieces with 30 degrees on each end.
Cut the cross member 4" X 1" 16" long.
Cut the support arm 2" X 4" down to 2" X 2 3/4" X 17 3/4" with 45 degrees on each end.
Cut the mounting plate 4" X 1" 6" long.
Cut the window screen 16" X 16".
Glue and nail the top hex frame together. If you have a Band Clamp you can use it to glue the pieces together.

Tack the screen to the bottom of the top hex frame or trace the frame onto the screen. Cut off the excess material to the hex shape.
Glue and nail the bottom hex frame to the bottom. Mount the pieces so the ends are opposite to the top pieces.

Glue and screw the mounting plate to one end of the support arm.
Glue and screw the support arm to the center of the cross member.
Glue and nail the cross member across the center of the hex.

Mount the birdfeeder to your deck or house using four deck screws into the mounting plate. It is best to predrill and countersink the holes.

Now put some bird seed into it and watch the birdies flock to their new feeding troth.

We hope you've enjoyed this project and have good success with it. Remember, if you ever have any problems with our projects just drop us a line and we'll try to help. Since we build every one of these projects we have a pretty good idea of how to get through them. We also make lots of mistakes so we can help avoid them.

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