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Feeding birds is a fun past time most gardeners enjoy.  Here is a simple to build bird feeder that you can use to feed your feathered friends.

You will need a 1” X 4” X 8’ long board and a 10” by 10 “ piece of screen material.  This can be plastic or metal.  This is what the bird seed will sit on and the air circulation will dry the seed quickly if it gets wet, preventing molding of the seed.

Cut the 1” X 4” as follows:

(2) 12” pieces

(2) 10” pieces

(4) 7.5”pieces

Take the two 10” pieces.  Draw two lines 3/4” wide and two lines 1 1/2” wide.

Rip the boards into the pieces you have drawn.  You will have extra left over.  You will not need it for this project.

Take two 7” pieces and draw lines for two 3/4” pieces and two 1.5 “ pieces. 

Rip the wood on the lines you have marked.  You will have wood left over for your next project.

Take the 3/4” pieces and make a box with them.

Cover the box with the screen. 

Place the 1.5” pieces over their corresponding 3/4” pieces and fasten down.  Cut off any extra screen.

Now take the other two 7” pieces.  Draw a line down the middle of the piece.  Set the wood piece against the 1 1/2” piece of wood and measure 7 1/2 inches from the bottom of the 3/4” pieces to a point on the 7.5” piece.  Make a mark there.  Draw a horizontal line there.  Now draw a line from the middle of the top of the board to the edge of the horizontal line.  You should have a triangle like this.

Cut the sides of the triangle to form a 45 degree angle on each side of the board.  Draw the angle on the other board and cut it too.

Insert one side inside the box, centered on the short side and against the 1 1/2 inch piece of wood.  Attach the side to the 1 1/2 inch piece.

Repeat on the other side.

Attach the two roof boards to the top of the 7 1/2 inch pieces.

You can use eye-bolts on each end to hang the bird feeder up.  Fill with bird seed and watch the fun.

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Because container gardens are usually grown to show off a lot color, the plants in them require more frequent fertilizing.

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